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Environmental Ethics - Philosophy, Natural Resources and Indigenous People, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 16 days
University rank #63 (ARWU) Helsinki, Finland
The Environmental Ethics - Philosophy, Natural Resources and Indigenous People at the University of Helsinki proposes an overview on Environmental Ethics as a philosophical discipline, progressing from philosophical theories to the analysis of environmental case studies. 
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The Environmental Ethics - Philosophy, Natural Resources and Indigenous People at the University of Helsinki aims to raise awareness about the fundamental and ethical role of the natural environment in our lives. This year the course will particularly emphasise presentations skills and discussions in class as a learning basis, together with the teachers' lectures.

The theoretical part of the course introduces traditional philosophical ethics theories and concepts, whereas a more practical section presents real case studies and ethical notions from different standpoints. Some of the case studies takes into account Indigenous peoples' perspectives and their worldview as a minority group.

Why is ethics, then, important to solve global challenges and understand conflicts and why should ethics be part of policy-making processes?

In an attempt to answer such questions, this course will examine ethical concepts – such as Anthropocene, anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric ethics, intrinsic and instrumental value, Indigenous culture and way of life, possible origins of the ecological crises and concern for future generations – together with different types of Environmental Ethics theories. 

Learn­ing Ob­ject­ives

This course offers the students the analytical apparatus to analyse critically the interconnected relation among the natural environment, the life of humans and non-human living species. 

The course familiarises the students with basic concepts of traditional ethics and theories of Environmental Ethics, fostering an understanding on how human factors carry responsibility for environmental problems. 

The students will be trained to see different perspectives, to apply moral theories and draw ethical conclusions from real-life cases.

This enables the students to confront their worldviews in class debates, and to understand better themselves, classmates and future work colleagues as citizens of world. 

The course also aims at training the students’ skills in discussions, argumentation, group work, poster presentation and, above all, public presentations.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    However, the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until 17 July

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 16 days
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  •  Deep Ecology, 
  • Utilitarianism, 
  • Gaia Hypothesis, 
  • Aristotelian Virtue Ethics, 
  • Deontological Ethics, 
  • Ecofeminism, 
  • Land Ethics, 
  • Teleological stewardship, 
  • Social Ecology
  • Animal Rights

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • This is an introductory course on environmental ethics and it is conceived for students who are interested in environmental and ethical issues. It is intended for Bachelor’s and first-year Master’s students of humanities, social sciences, environmental studies, political sciences and economics. 
  • Previous studies in philosophy and/or in ethics may be helpful but are not required. (Doctoral students and philosophy students interested in the course are also welcome but please contact the course coordinator first)
  • A motivation letter must be added to your application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    990 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 990 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 16 days.
  • EU/EEA

    990 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 990 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 16 days.
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  • Degree and PhD students: Early Bird 900 EUR/ normal fee 990 EUR
  • Helsinki Summer School and University of Helsinki Alumni receive a 50 EUR discount of the course fee, provided they do not already study at the University of Helsinki.

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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