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10/31/2020 1:00:46 PMPHIL 12 Course Outline as of Fall 2003

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 12Title:  ENVIRONMENTAL PHIL  
Full Title:  Environmental Philosophy
Last Reviewed:2/13/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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An exploration of various philosophical views about what makes the natural environment worth valuing and an examination of how those philosophies apply to selected environmental issues or problems.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
An exploration of various philosophical views about what makes the natural environment worth valuing and an examination of how these philosophies apply to selected environmental issues or problems.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1994
Inactive: 
 Area:E
H
Humanities
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1997
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1997
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1994Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1994Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1.  Explain the relationship between environmental philosophy and
   environmental science.
2.  Describe and critique the traditional ethical theories that are
   relevant to environmental ethics (e.g. utilitarianism, deontology
   and natural law theory).
3.  Elucidate and evaluate the extent to which these theories place value
   upon various aspects of the natural environment (e.g. humans, animals,
   plants, species, ecosystems).
4.  Describe and critique non-traditional theories in environmental
   ethics (e.g. biocentric ethics and the land ethic).
5.  Describe and evaluate philosophies which emphasize a more
   metaphysical approach to environmental philosophy (e.g. deep ecology).
6.  Explain and evaluate environmental philosophies that are rooted in the
   spiritual beliefs of cultures throughout the world, including
   Western, Eastern and Native cultures.
7.  Describe and critique environmental philosophies that examine the
   interplay between the environment and social or economic issues
   (e.g. environmental justice, social ecology, and ecofeminism).
8.  Describe and evaluate various theories in environmental aesthetics.
9.  Compare and contrast how various environmental philosophies apply to
   selected global and/or local environmental issues or problems.

Topics and Scope
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Representative topics include:
1.  Environmental philosophy in relation to environmental science
2.  Traditional ethical theories in environmental philosophy
3.  Non-traditional ethical theories in environmental philosophy
4.  Metaphysics in environmental philosophy
5.  Spiritual/religious approaches to environmental philosophy
6.  Economic, political and social issues in environmental philosophy
7.  Environmental aesthetics
8.  Philosophical theories in relation to selected environmental problems

Assignments:
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Assignments for Philosophy 12 vary but typically include the following:
1.  Regular reading assignments (totaling approximately 400 pages) from
course texts and supplementary materials.
2.  Regular or occasional quizzes which cover the assigned readings.
Quizzes may be either multiple choice or short answer.
3.  At least two midterm examinations.  Each exam is approximately one
hour long.  Students must write in-class essays in response to questions
on material covered in class and in texts.  Exams may also include a
multiple-choice section.
4.  A final examination--approximately 2-3 hours long.  Students must
write in-class essays in response to questions on material covered in
class and in texts.  Exams may also include a multiple-choice section.
5.  Students may also be required to write a term paper in which they
research an issue raised in class and defend a particular position on
that issue.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 35%
Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
65 - 90%
Multiple choice, Essay Exams, Short Answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY:  FROM ANIMAL RIGHTS TO RADICAL ECOLOGY, 2nd ed.,
  edited by Michael Zimmerman, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1998.
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS:  AN INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY,
  3rd ed., Joseph DesJardins, Wadsworth, Belmont, CA, 2001.
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS:  DIVERGENCE AND CONVERGENCE, 2nd ed., edited by
  Susan Armstrong and Richard Botzler, McGraw Hill, NY, 1998.

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