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Environmental Ethics

Explore the link between ethics and environmentalism to understand humanity’s role in creating a more sustainable future.

Environmental Ethics

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  • 3 hours per week

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  • Introductory level

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    3 hours
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Understand why ethics and morality are important in environmentalism

Environmentalism and climate change issues are typically seen today through a purely scientific lens. While natural sciences play a critical role, the reason people disagree on the climate crisis is due to deeper ethical and moral differences.

This five-week course from the Adam Smith Centre will introduce you to environmental ethics as well as different perspectives to uncover the link between ethics and environmentalism. By the end of the course, you’ll understand how morality and ethics drive environmental activism.

Discover how scientific facts and ideas are interpreted through a moral lens

Climate change and other environmental issues originate at a scientific level. We are presented with facts and data about our ecosystem, and we have the responsibility to make a difference.

However, it is our moral and ethical principles that drive the action itself. On this course, you’ll examine how moral beliefs can provoke a sense of responsibility or environmental consciousness, and how this spurs activism.

Explore humanist, modernist, and other environmental perspectives

There are various schools of thought surrounding environmentalism, each with distinct ideologies and approaches to environmental solutions.

You’ll examine contrasting perspectives to analyse how ethics influences each approach. With this knowledge, you’ll also expand your own views and find an approach that aligns with your beliefs.

Recognise humanity’s role in repairing the natural environment

Examining the causes of climate change, it is clear that humanity has contributed to the state of our environment.

By exploring different ideologies such as deep ecology and eco-socialism, you’ll develop an intrinsic understanding of how humanity can repair this damage and create a more sustainable future.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Introduction to humanity and the natural environment

    • Course introduction

      This is a short introduction on what to expect in Week 1's content.

    • Environmental ethics

      What is the interplay between politics, culture, philosophy, and climate change?

    • End of Week 1

      This section provides a succinct summary on what has been covered in Week 1.

  • Week 2

    The science of climate change

    • Introduction to Week 2

      This is a short introduction on what to expect in Week 2's content.

    • The science of climate and climate change

      Here, we dive into the meat of Week 2's content: the scientization of climate.

    • End of Week 2

      This section provides a succinct summary on what has been covered in Week 2.

  • Week 3

    Religion and climate change

    • Introduction to Week 3

      This is a short introduction on what to expect in Week 3's content.

    • Religion and climate change

      Here, we dive into the meat of Week 3's content: the interaction between religious thought and climate change.

    • End of Week 3

      This section provides a succinct summary on what has been covered in Week 3.

  • Week 4

    Deep ecology and eco-socialism

    • Introduction to Week 4

      This is a short introduction on what to expect in Week 4's content.

    • Deep ecology and eco-socialism

      Here, we dive into the heart of Week 4's content: the arguments of deep ecology and eco-socialism.

    • End of Week 4

      This section provides a succinct summary on what has been covered in Week 4.

  • Week 5

    Eco-modernism

    • Introduction to Week 5

      This is a short introduction on what to expect in Week 5's content.

    • Eco-modernism

      Here, we dive into the meat of Week 5's content: the eco-modernist argument.

    • End of Course

      This section provides a succinct summary on what has been covered in Week 5 and throughout the course.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the link between climate and culture
  • Identify ethical considerations in relation to the environment
  • Discuss different socio-cultural perspectives on climate change
  • Explore the history of climate science
  • Evaluate the strengths and shortfalls of climate science

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students pursuing studies in environmentalism, economics, business, public policy, and other socio-economic fields.

It will also be beneficial for professionals in the sustainability, public policy, public or private sectors.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Bryan Cheang is an academic political economist from King's College London. His research is on economic development and public policy. He also is the Founder of the Adam Smith Center, Singapore.

Connor Tomlinson is the Head of Research for the British Conservation Alliance, the UK's largest environmental campus action network.

Who developed the course?

Adam Smith Center

The Adam Smith Center is an independent, non-profit organisation in Singapore dedicated to economics and public policy education.

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