Environmental Ethics in a Global Context, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 17 days
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    990 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    990 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #56 (ARWU) ,
This Environmental Ethics in a Global Context course fromUniversity of Helsinkiis an introduction to environmental ethics as a philosophical discipline helpful to analyse environmental case studies. It aims to raise awareness about the fundamental and ethical role of the natural environment in our lives.

About

Synopsis

The Environmental Ethics in a Global Context course is offered at University of Helsinki.

The theoretical part of the course introduces ethical theories and concepts, while a more practical section presents real case studies and ethical notions from different viewpoints.

Why is ethics important in the modern world and why should ethics be part of policy-making processes? In an attempt to answer such questions, this course will discuss ethical concepts such as intrinsic and instrumental value, anthropocentrism and ecocentrism, and concern for future generations together with different types of Environmental Ethics theories, such as Deep Ecology, Ecofeminism, Land Ethics, Utilitarianism, Gaia Theory and Animal Rights. The applicability of different ethical theories will be tested in light of selected case studies about natural disasters and environmental accidents, including the catastrophic failure at the Fukushima nuclear power plant on 11 March 2011 in Japan; hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking; the unfair polluting policy of TEXACO (now Chevron) in the Ecuadorian Amazon and many others.

Tools and concepts which do not primarily belong to the ethical field such as the Free Rider, the Tragedy of the Commons, homo economicus and the Comedy of the Commons will be presented as helpful instruments for ethical deliberations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 17 days
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Learning objectives

This course attempts to give students the analytical apparatus to critically examine the role played by the natural environment in the life of humans and other living species. The course familiarises the students with basic concepts and theories of Environmental Ethics, fostering an understanding on how human factors weigh and 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 in recent news. This enables the students to confront their views in class debates, to better understand themselves and colleagues, and to improve their skills of discussion, argumentation, group work and presentation.

Course format and teaching methods

Lectures, group work, screening of scenes from documentary movies and discussions will take place during the class. Small group tasks are designed to acquaint the students with ethical concepts and theories, and apply them to natural disasters and environmental case studies.


Lecturers


English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

This course is designed for students who are interested in environmental and ethical issues. It is recommended for undergraduate students of philosophy, social sciences, sociology, environmental studies, politics and economics. Previous studies in Philosophy and/or Ethics are helpful but are not required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    990 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 990 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 17 days.
  • EU/EEA

    990 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 990 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 17 days.
  • tuition fee:990-1490 + excursion expenses approximately 10 EUR

Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1,400 EUR/month
Living Costs

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

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.