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|Discipline and Nbr:
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||17.5 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
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.
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
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)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Major Applicable Course
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1994||Inactive:||
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Fall 1997||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Fall 1997||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1994||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1994||Inactive:||
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the relationship between environmental philosophy and
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
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 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
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
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
10 - 35%
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|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%
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.