Environmental Issues And Ethics – sci362 (3 credits)

This course applies scientific, philosophical, economic, and ethical principles to current and future environmental issues. Students will analyze the cumulative impact of human activities on global ecosystems, as well as responsibilities to the natural world, in terms of the complex interrelationships humans have with their environment.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Environmental Ethics

  • Compare schools of thought in environmental ethics.
  • Explain how ethics influences the human course of action regarding principal environmental issues.
  • Identify the local impact of environmental issues.

Energy Consumption and Population Growth

  • Identify alternative solutions to current environmental energy issues.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy sources to both society and the environment.
  • Analyze the consequences of population growth on the environment.

Sustainability and Biodiversity

  • Explain the concept of sustainable growth.
  • Compare Genetically Modified Organisms to organic and conventionally grown foods.
  • Explain the importance of biodiversity to the ecosystem.

Environmental Justice and Economics

  • Analyze environmental justice.
  • Describe the social and political relationships that are involved in environmental justice as it relates to economic issues.

Environmental Policy

  • Analyze the role of government policy and its effects on environmental issues.
  • Identify key governmental policies that relate to environmental issues.

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