Environmental Philosophy: Addressing Humanity's Most Urgent Challenges
Unpack the concepts of environmental ethics
Environmental issues are often discussed in the media but we rarely take a deep dive into how these issues affect our own lives and how best to make a difference in addressing them.
On this six-week course, you’ll understand how environmental issues can be constructively approached.
You’ll be introduced to environmental ethics and the different theories within it to explore the moral status of human beings and of our environment.
With this knowledge, you’ll engage in social learning to discuss issues and share suggestions for actionable solutions for our planet.
Explore environmental aesthetics and different environmental movements
You’ll delve into different aesthetic concepts to understand the aesthetic value that landscapes and other environmental features have for humanity.
Next, you’ll explore environmental movements, such as ecofeminism, and understand how they can be used to address key issues.
Unpack fast fashion and environmental justice
To gain a deeper understanding of sustainability, you’ll explore your lifestyle and how sustainable it is. Next, you’ll reflect on our responsibilities and obligations to future generations.
You’ll delve further into specific issues, such as fast fashion, to understand its environmental toll and how it impacts humans. With this knowledge, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of environmental justice.
Explore the environmental impacts of meat consumption
Finally, you’ll delve into the issues of meat production and consumption. You’ll explore alternatives to the current system to understand the solutions to reduce the industry’s environmental impacts.
Learning from the experts at the University of Connecticut, you’ll finish the course as a more knowledgeable and proficient steward of our planet.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain the main features of, and differences among, the three leading ethical theories (deontological, consequentialist, and virtue-ethical theories).
- Explain the difference between anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric approaches to environmental value.
- Explain aesthetic concepts regarding the distinction between beauty, the picturesque, and the sublime.
- Explain the concept of sustainability and how it applies to concrete cases.
- Show how at least one of the four environmental movements (deep ecology, the land ethic, traditional ecological knowledge, and ecofeminism) would guide solutions to an environmental problem.
- Discuss a contemporary environmental issue such as fast fashion or vegetarianism/veganism and explain how a change in one's own lifestyle could have an impact on alleviating that problem.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in humanity’s interaction with the environment.
It will be most beneficial if you would like to be better equipped to address the pressing issues of our time.
Who developed the course?
The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 32,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge through the University’s network of campuses and through UConn Online.
World rankingTop 300Source: ShanghaiRanking Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020
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