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.
Compare various schools of thought in environmental ethics.
Explain how ethics influences our course of action regarding principal environmental issues.
Identify the local impact of environmental issues.
Ethics and Science
Describe the connection among science, technology, and environmental issues.
Determine the benefits and limitations of scientific method and inquiry as they apply to environmental issues.
Identify alternative solutions to current environmental issues.
Resource Limitations and the Environment
Explain the relative abundance and environmental impact of various fossil fuels.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages to society and the environment of different forms of renewable energy.
Evaluate the economic and ethical issues surrounding nuclear energy.
Evaluate the role of conservation in solving limited-resource problems.
Environmental Justice and Economics
Define the term environmental justice.
Describe the value of discussing environmental justice issues in environmental impact statements and other planning documents.
Describe the tension between environmental justice and economics issues.
Environmental Policy and Management
Analyze the role and effects of government policy on environmental issues.
Describe various viewpoints on the issue of climate change.
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