Fall 2021 - PHIL 328 D100

Environmental Philosophy (3)

Class Number: 7518

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    One of PHIL 120W (or equivalent), 121, 220, 221, ENV 320W, or REM 320W.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A survey of contemporary issues in environmental ethics. Topics may include: animal rights, the intrinsic value of nature, 'deep ecology', obligations to future generations, conservation, environmental justice, as well as relevant background materials in ethical theory. Students who have completed PHIL 318 may not take this course for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

The human population of Earth continues to grow, and therefore our collective resource consumption can only increase. Our demand for energy and food is causing the Earth to warm at a rate that is potentially catastrophic for human life and the continued existence of many species on this planet. We continue to learn how similar we human beings are to the other organisms that have evolved on this planet in terms of our nervous systems, social structures, and emotional attachments. This has led to a surge in veganism and vegetarianism both on the basis of the presumptive moral standing these properties may convey to non-human animals and the global effects that agriculture, particularly meat consumption, has had on the health of ecosystems, biodiversity, and global warming.

We are the only apparent species on Earth with developed Ethical Systems—rules or guidelines for how to live and treat others, as well as the technology to effect fast, and substantive consumptive and ecological change. Therefore, one might expect that we should know, ethically speaking, what we ought to do about these problems and challenges, and then go about doing what we should. Yet, there is an evident lack of agreement regarding what should be done, and therefore a lack of action taken, to mitigate our impact upon our own environment and the environments of other organisms.

In this course, we will examine a number of Ethical Theories and Frameworks, the perspectives they take, and the courses of action they recommend with respect to the often conflicting issues regarding how we should treat our impoverished fellows, future generations, our environment, other organisms, and their environments.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

PHIL 328 is one of the electives for the Philosophy Major or Minor with a Concentration in Law and PhilosophyIt may also be applied towards the Certificate in Ethics: Theory and Application.  

Grading

  • 5 Short Written Assignments 50%
  • Final Paper 35%
  • Participation (assessed via a combination of class attendance and contribution to class discussion) 15%

REQUIREMENTS:

For the final paper:
Written work for this course will be submitted via Turnitin, a third party service licensed for use by SFU. Turnitin is used for originality checking to help detect plagiarism. Students will be required to create an account with Turnitin, and to submit their work via that account, on the terms stipulated in the agreement between the student and Turnitin. This agreement includes the retention of your submitted work as part of the Turnitin database. Any student with a concern about using the Turnitin service may opt to use an anonymous identity in their interactions with Turnitin. Students who do not intend to use Turnitin in the standard manner must notify the instructor at least two weeks in advance of any submission deadline. In particular, it is the responsibility of any student using the anonymous option (i.e. false name and temporary e-mail address created for the purpose) to inform the instructor such that the instructor can match up the anonymous identity with the student.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Environmental Ethics. Ed Michael Boylan. Chichester, England; Wiley-Blackwell. 2014. Available electronically via the SFU Library.


Department Undergraduate Notes:

Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at philmgr@sfu.ca   More details on our website: SFU Philosophy

New elective grade policy : P/CR/NC, pilot project for Spring/Summer/Fall 2021. List of exclusions for the new policy. Specifically for Philosophy: 

  • Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any requirement for a major, joint major, honours, or minor in Philosophy (with the exception of Honours tutorials).
  • Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any prerequisite requirement for any PHIL course.
  • Students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any requirement for the Ethics Certificate, or the Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate.
  • Philosophy Majors and Honours students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any WQB requirement.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.