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Colorado State University- Fort Collins
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Phil 345 - Environmental Ethics
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Environmental Ethics syl ver 2 Philosophy 345 sec 1 Summer 2017 MTWRF 9 50 11 50 Shepherdon 102 Instructor Kenneth Shockley Office 236 Eddy Office Hours daily 9 00 9 40 12 00 12 45 if these times do not work do not hesitate to arrange an appointment tel 491 5518 email kenneth shockley colostate edu PHIL 345 Environmental Ethics Course Description Environmental ethics is an area of study that examines how humans ought to relate to and interact with their environment as individuals through organizations and as a species This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the key philosophical issues and arguments within this growing field It will be of particular value not only to Philosophy majors and those concentrating in environmentally oriented disciplines but also to those with a keen interest in humankind s complicated relationship with our natural environment In this course we will consider the nature of this relationship humankind s responsibilities to and regarding that environment the kinds of actions prescribed by those responsibilities and possible justifications for those responsibilities In particular we will examine the merits of considering our responsibilities to the environment from an entirely human centered standpoint possible alternatives to this approach and various ways these options might be applied to actual environmental problems To engage in this examination adequately we will need to consider both theoretical issues underlying various approaches to the environment and the various ways those approaches have been put into practice Required Texts David Schmidtz and Elizabeth Willott eds Environmental Ethics What Really Matters What Really Works 2nd ed Oxford 2012 ISBN 978 0199793518 Recommended Texts Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac many editions Philosophy 345 Environmental Ethics summer 2017 Syllabus 2 Course Requirements Attendance and Participation 5 Class meetings consist of both lecture and discussion Attendance is required and active participation in discussion is an essential part of the course Quizzes There will be four short take home quizzes 15 each one each Friday Students will have 72 hours to complete each quiz Reports 35 of the final grade will be based on three short two page reports less than 700 words on relevant topics in the news Therefore you will need to read a quality news service you should be ready to discuss relevant articles with the class These reports may take the form of analysis reflection or criticism The first two reports short reports will each count for 10 of your grade the final short report will count for 15 Evaluation Schedule Due dates and grade percentages are as follows Assignment Attendance and Participation First Quiz Second Quiz First Report Third Quiz Second Report Fourth Quiz Third Report Date ongoing assigned 5 19 assigned 5 26 due 5 26 assigned 6 2 due 6 2 assigned 6 9 due 6 9 Percentage of Final Grade 5 15 15 10 15 10 15 15 Student Outcomes By the end of the course students should be able to Method of assessment Identify and critique major theories of environmental value Four competency based quizzes in which students must answer 4 out of 5 questions 80 answered with sufficient detail outcome achieved Four competency based quizzes in which students must answer 4 out of 5 questions 80 answered with sufficient detail outcome achieved Identify examples of the practical applicability of theories of environmental value Philosophy 345 Environmental Ethics summer 2017 Syllabus Examine current environmental issues in the news media and use theoretical materials of the course characterize those issues Engage in clear discussion of the relation between environmental values environmental problems and environmental issues Perform extended independent research into the practical and theoretical challenges involving environmental values 3 Reports connecting current course material to current issues in the news media theory or problem characterized and applied to nontrivial case outcome achieved Discussion and participation active participation on three occasions over the term outcome achieved Reports must utilize at least one theory or problem addressed in course in independent research to achieved outcome Classroom Etiquette Students are to treat one another as well as the instructor with respect To this end Cell phones and other electronics should be turned off silenced or disabled during class Students using electronics in class without permission will be asked to leave Laptop use will only be allowed with explicit permission Students should arrive on time for class and refrain from leaving prior to the end of class Students should address one another as the instructor respectfully Students who engage in harassment or aggressive behavior toward one another or the instructor will be asked to leave In extreme cases additional measures will be taken Grading Scale Final grades for this course will be a composite of letter grades for written work and numerical grades for quizzes This composite will be formed according to the distribution noted above When necessary the following conversion will be used 98 100 A 93 97 99 A 90 92 99 A87 89 99 B 83 86 99 B 80 82 99 B77 79 99 C 73 76 99 C Late Assignments Extensions and Make Up 70 72 99 C67 69 99 D 60 66 99 D 0 59 99 F Philosophy 345 Environmental Ethics summer 2017 Syllabus 4 Any paper turned in after its deadline will have its grade discounted by one grade per twenty four hours or fraction thereof that the paper is late e g a paper that would have received a B would receive a B if late by 20 hours and a C if late by 70 hours Late quizzes will be reduced proportionally that is the numerical equivalent of one step of 24 hour period that the quiz is late This requirement will be strictly enforced Please note that deadlines for essay assignments are final No extensions will be granted except in the case of major illness with medical documentation or for comparably serious and well documented reasons Make up assignments will only be allowed in extraordinary well documented circumstances such as medical emergencies Do not assume make up assignments will be allowed Citation of Sources Written work will usually require that students rely on a range of sources These sources must be cited Any standard form of citation e g APA MLA Chicago is acceptable Plagiarism Cheating and the CSU Honor Code Each paper or quiz you turn in must be your own work and it must have been


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