Traditional ethics is a branch of moral philosophy that gives consideration to right and wrong conduct among human interactions. It attempts to define virtue in human life and responsibilities toward other people. Environmental ethics is a branch of environmental philosophy that extends the boundaries of ethical concerns to include the nonhuman or natural world. How might we think of the value and rights of nonhuman beings or natural entities and our responsibilities toward them? This course considers from a global perspective such ethical issues as climate change, pollution of the oceans, wilderness preservation, current population and consumption levels, animal rights, mass extinction, and duties to future generations. Special consideration will be given to the ethical approach of the environmental philosophy know as deep ecology.
Field WorkCountry: Hawaii, United States
Date: January 12, 2017
This class will involve a field study of the biodiversity of the Hawaiian ecosystem with a field biologist, focusing on the richness of species in the island’s rainforests and surrounding ocean, as well as the current threats to them. Students are required to submit a 2-3 page field journal entry on this trip, demonstrating their knowledge of the nature of and threats to the Hawaiian biodiversity, as well as current efforts and approaches aimed at reducing this loss. Students are also required to identify and reflect on the ethical issues raised by the present state of biodiversity in Hawaii.
1. Experience a Hawaiian rainforest
2. Learn about biodiversity issues from a trained field biologist
3. Become educated about the threats to biodiversity in Hawaiian ecosystems