Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2020 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2020.02

Subject Information
Subject Code PHIL256
Subject Name Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 36 credit points at 100 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence PHIL258
Assessment 1. Assignment: Written 35% 2. Exam 45% 3. Presentation 20%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (03-08-2020 to 03-12-2020)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 3 hrs - lecture/tutorial/on-line
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Keith Horton
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Keith Horton
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2020

Subject Description
Most of Western ethics has focused on how people should relate to other people. Recently, though, a number of factors have focused attention on how people should relate to other animals, nature, and the environment more broadly. These factors include our growing understanding of certain ecosystems and other species, the threat of mass extinctions, and the fact that human population is now over seven billion and still rising fast. This subject consists of an introductory survey of ethical and other philosophical issues related to animals, nature, and the environment. We look both at some theoretical approaches to these issues, and at a number of practical problems such as overpopulation, climate change, and ever-growing levels consumption.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Use basic concepts and ideas relevant to environmental philosophy;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of major ethical issues related to the environment;
3. Critically analyze arguments and common perspectives on issues in environmental philosophy;
4. Evaluate and produce cogent arguments orally and in writing;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of alternative viewpoints in discussion with peers.

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