Tompkins Cortland Community College

ENVS105 - Environmental Ethics


This humanities course will function as a framework for analyzing the belief systems that underlie environmental controversies and for discussing the application of ethical theories to environmental decisions. At heart, all environmental controversies are composed of ethical dilemmas. For example, how much value should be placed on endangered species? What is the equitable way to control greenhouse gas emissions? What moral obligations do we have to non-human animals? Ultimately, this course will ask the student to articulate their own ethical approach to the natural world. Local and global issues are addressed. Intended for all students, regardless of major field of study. ENVS 105 fulfills the SUNY General Education Humanities requirement. Prerequisites: prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 100 and RDNG 116 if required by placement. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.) Fall and spring semesters.