Environmental Ethics was an intensive online course that ran at Binghamton University from Jan 9th to Jan 27th 2012.  This site now acts as an archive for all course materials and assignments.  Individual student blogs can be reached by following the links in the sidebar to the right.

Description:
The natural world is all around us. We live in it, feed off it, and fundamentally depend on it. Yet, many of us pay very little attention to it unless something goes wrong. This course examines our relationship to the natural world and what kinds of moral and social obligations we have to that world. By engaging directly with the debates that surround contemporary events and policies–like fracking, global warming, genetically modified food, and population growth–we will explore the various concepts and theories that lie behind these debates and learn to turn a critical eye towards our engagement with the environment.


Schedule

Subject to change.  Updated: Jan 26


Week 01: Jan 09 | Jan 10 | Jan 11 | Jan 12 | Jan 13 | Jan 14/15
Week 02: Jan 16 | Jan 17 | Jan 18 | Jan 19 | Jan 20 | Jan 21/22
Week 03: Jan 23 | Jan 24 | Jan 25 | Jan 26 | Jan 27


Week 01

UNIT 1 – BASIC CONCEPTS [4 days]

Mon, Jan 9: Introduction to Course [1]

  1. Read: Introduction to the Course
  2. Read: Syllabus
  3. Comment: Ask at least one question on the syllabus
  4. Read: Guide to Blogs
  5. Set up: Blog
  6. Read: Profile Instructions
  7. Set up: Profile on Main Site

All Assignments Due 11:59 PM EST

Go to: Jan 09 | Jan 10 | Jan 11 | Jan 12 | Jan 13 | Jan 14/15 | Week 02 | Week 03


Tues, Jan 10: Philosophy and Ethics [2]

Catch Up On: Any assignments from Jan 9th

  1. Read: Lecture 01
  2. Read: Craig: Philosophy [Electronic]; Pojman: What is Ethics? [4-7]
  3. Post: Prompt 01: What is Philosophy? What is Ethics | Due 1:00 PM EST
  4. Read: Intro posts
  5. Comment: On at least 5 Intro posts | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 11, 8:00 AM EST
  6. Comment: On Lecture 01 | Due Noon EST
  7. Think about: What you can do for Extra Credit

[Last Day to Add/Drop]

Go to: Jan 09 | Jan 10 | Jan 11 | Jan 12 | Jan 13 | Jan 14/15 | Week 02 | Week 03


Weds, Jan 11: Ethics [3]

Catch Up On: Any assignments from Jan 9th and 10th

  1. Read: Lecture 02: What is Ethics?
  2. Post: Prompt 02 | Due 1:00 PM EST
  3. Comment: On at least 5 posts by other students | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 12, 8:00 AM EST
  4. Comment: On Lecture 02 | Due Noon EST

Go to:Jan 09 | Jan 10 | Jan 11 | Jan 12 | Jan 13 | Jan 14/15 | Week 02 | Week 03


Thurs, Jan 12: Environmental Ethics [4]

  1. Read: Lecture 03: Relationship of Ethics and Environmental Ethics
  2. Read: Palmer: An Overview of Environmental Ethics [10-35]
  3. Post: Prompt 03Due 1:00 PM EST
  4. Email: Exam Questions 01 to instructor | Due 5:00 PM EST
  5. Comment: On at least 5 posts by other students | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 13, 8:00 AM EST
  6. Comment: On Lecture 03 | Due Noon EST
  7. Read: Summary of Learning Paths
  8. Email: Preference of Learning Path (see Summary above) to instructor | Due 3:00 pm EST

Assigned to Groups

Go to: Jan 09 | Jan 10 | Jan 11 | Jan 12 | Jan 13 | Jan 14/15 | Week 02 | Week 03


UNIT 2 – ANIMAL RIGHTS AND LIBERATION [3 days]

Fri, Jan 13: [5]

  1. Read: Lecture 04: An Introduction to Animal Rights and Liberation
  2. Read: Singer: A Utilitarian Defense of Animal Liberation [71-80]
  3. Read: Graff/Birkenstein: Chapter 1: They Say [19-29]; Chapter 2: “Her Point Is” The Art of Summarizing [30-41]
  4. Post: Prompt 04Due 1:00 PM EST
  5. Comment: On Lecture 04 | Due Noon EST
  6. Comment: On all Group Member posts | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 14, Noon EST
  7. Take: Review Exam 01

Go to: Jan 09 | Jan 10 | Jan 11 | Jan 12 | Jan 13 | Jan 14/15 | Week 02 | Week 03


Sat, Jan 14: [6]

  1. Read: Regan: The Radical Egalitarian Case for Animal Rights [81-89]
  2. Read: Graff/Birkenstein: Chapter 12: “What’s Motivating This Writer” Reading for the Conversation
  3. Post: Prompt 05 | Due 11:59 PM EST
  4. Read: Learning Path Readings:

Wilderness Preservation:

Pollution and Climate Change:

  • Hardin: Lifeboat Ethics [296-305]
  • Murdoch; Oaten: Population and Food: A Critique of Lifeboat Ethics [306-311]

Sun, Jan 15: [6]

  1. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts from Jan 14 (Prompt 05) | 1st Due 3:00 PM EST | All Due 11:59 PM EST
  2. Post: Extra Credit for Week 01 | Due 11:59 PM EST

Go to:Jan 09 | Jan 10 | Jan 11 | Jan 12 | Jan 13 | Jan 14/15 | Week 02 | Week 03


Week 02
Mon, Jan 16: [7]

  1. Read: Warren: A Critique of Regan’s Animal Rights Theory [89-96]
  2. Read: Graff/Birkenstein: Chapter 4: “Yes/No/Okay, But” Three Ways to Respond [55-67]
  3. Post: Prompt 06Due 1:00 PM EST
  4. Email: Exam Questions 02 to instructor | Due 5:00 PM EST
  5. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 17, 8:00 AM EST
  6. Read: Learning Path Readings:

Wilderness Preservation:

Pollution:

  • French: You are What you Breathe [314-321]
  • Bradford: We All Live in Bhopal [322-326]

Climate Change:

  • Gardiner: Ethics and Global Climate Change, Part 1 [437-448] (to Part VI)

Go to: Week 01 | Jan 16 | Jan 17 | Jan 18 | Jan 19 | Jan 20 | Jan 21/22 | Week 03


INTERMISSION – POLICY AND ECONOMICS [1 day]

Tues, Jan 17: [8]

  1. Read: Lecture 05: Policy and Economics
  2. Read: Sagroff: At the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, or Why Political Questions are Not All Economic [669-677]; Magdoff and Foster: What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism [691-712]
  3. Post: Prompt 07 | Due 1:00 PM EST
  4. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 18, 8:00 AM EST
  5. Comment: On Lecture 05 | Due Noon EST
  6. Take: Review Exam 02
  7. Join: Video Discussion abt Animal Rights and Liberation in the Virtual Classroom @ 8:00 PM EST

Go to:Week 01 | Jan 16 | Jan 17 | Jan 18 | Jan 19 | Jan 20 | Jan 21/22 | Week 03


UNIT 3 – ECOLOGICAL ETHICS [3 days]

Weds, Jan 18: [9]

  1. Read: Lecture 06: Ecological Ethics
  2. Read: Meadows: Biodiversity: The Key to Saving Life on Earth [187-190]; Russow: Why Do Species Matter? [190-197]
  3. Read: Graff/Birkenstein: Chapter 3: “As He Himself Puts It” The Art of Quoting [42-51]
  4. Post: Prompt 08Due 1:00 PM EST
  5. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 19, 8:00 AM EST
  6. Comment: On Lecture 06 Due Noon EST
  7. Read: Learning Path Readings

Wilderness Preservation:

Pollution:

  • Baxter: People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution [327-332]

Climate Change:

  • Gardiner: Ethics and Global Climate Change, Part II [448-458]

[Last Day to Withdraw]

Go to: Week 01 | Jan 16 | Jan 17 | Jan 18 | Jan 19 | Jan 20 | Jan 21/22 | Week 03


Thurs, Jan 19: [10]

  1. Read: Taylor: Biocentric Egalitarianism [205-221]
  2. Read: Graff/Birkenstein: Chapter 7: “So What? Who Cares?” Saying Why It Matters [92-101]
  3. Post: Prompt 09Due 1:00 PM EST
  4. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 20, 8:00 AM EST
  5. Read: Learning Path Readings:

Wilderness Preservation:

Pollution:

  • Wenz: Just Garbage: The Problem of Environmental Racism [530-539]

Climate Change:

  • Dawson: Climate Justice: The Emerging Movement against Green Capitalism [481- 497]

Go to:Week 01 | Jan 16 | Jan 17 | Jan 18 | Jan 19 | Jan 20 | Jan 21/22 | Week 03


Fri, Jan 20: [11]

  1. Read: Leopold: Ecocentric Ethics: The Land Ethics [222-232]; Callicott: The Conceptual Foundations of the Land Ethic [232-245]
  2. Post: Prompt 10Due 1:00 PM EST
  3. Email: Exam Questions 03 to instructor  Due 5:00 PM EST
  4. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 21, Noon EST

Go to:Week 01 | Jan 16 | Jan 17 | Jan 18 | Jan 19 | Jan 20 | Jan 21/22 | Week 03


Unit 4 – A Personal Environment Ethic [3 days]

Sat, Jan 21: [12]

  1. Read: Introduction to Prompt 11
  2. Read: Sagoff: Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce [Electronic]
  3. Post: Prompt 11Due 11:59 PM EST
  4. Comment: On Lecture 07 | Due 11:59 PM EST
  5. Take: Review Exam 03
  6. Complete: Rough Draft of Group Presentation | Due 11:59 PM EST
  7. Join: Video Discussion abt Ecological Ethics in the Virtual Classroom

Sun, Jan 22: [12]

  1. Email: List of 5 posts you want to use in final post to instructor | Due Noon EST
  2. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts from Jan 21 (Prompt 11) | 1st Due 3:00 PM EST | All Due 11:59 PM EST
  3. Post: Extra Credit for Week 02 | Due 11:59 PM EST

Go to:Week 01 | Jan 16 | Jan 17 | Jan 18 | Jan 19 | Jan 20 | Jan 21/22 | Week 03


Week 03

Mon, Jan 23: [13]

  1. Read: Graff/Birenstein: Chapter 5: “And Yet” Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say [68-77]; Chapter 8: “As a Result” Connecting the Parts [105-128]
  2. Post: Prompt 12 | Due 1:00 PM EST
  3. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 24, 8:00 AM EST

Go to:Week 01 | Week 02Jan 23 | Jan 24 | Jan 25 | Jan 26 | Jan 27


Tues, Jan 24: [14]

  1. Post: Prompt 13 | Due 1:00 PM EST
  2. Comment: On at least 3 Group Member posts (must include any Group Member you didn’t comment on yesterday) | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 25, 8:00 AM EST

Go to:Week 01 | Week 02Jan 23 | Jan 24 | Jan 25 | Jan 26 | Jan 27


Conclusion

Weds, Jan 25: [15]

  1. Post: Group Presentations (Main Blog) | Due 11:59 PM EST

Go to:Week 01 | Week 02Jan 23 | Jan 24 | Jan 25 | Jan 26 | Jan 27


Thurs, Jan 26: [16]

  1. Read: Group Presentations
  2. Comment: On Presentations | 1st Due 8:00 PM EST | All Due Jan 27, 8:00 AM EST
  3. Post: Prompt 14: Reflection Post (On Presentations) | Due 8:00 PM EST
  4. Email: Exam questions to instructor | Due 5:00 PM EST

Go to:Week 01 | Week 02Jan 23 | Jan 24 | Jan 25 | Jan 26 | Jan 27


Fri, Jan 27: [17]

  1. Take: Final Exam | Complete by 11:59 PM EST
  2. Post: Personal Environmental Ethic Post (Main Blog) | Due Noon EST
  3. Comment: On at least 5 Personal Environmental Ethic Posts | Due 11:59 PM EST
  4. Post: Extra Credit for Week 03 (Social Media Only, No Reflection) | Due 11:59 PM EST

Go to:Week 01 | Week 02Jan 23 | Jan 24 | Jan 25 | Jan 26 | Jan 27

 

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