Postgraduate Course: Values and the Environment (P) (PGGE11114)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course examines issues related to modes of human understanding and valuing of 'natural' and built environments. The course is constructed around a range of environments (from wilderness to the city) and a range of concepts and approaches that help us to understand humanity's relationship to and embeddedness in the natural world (including wilderness, nature, the more-that-human, landscape and place). The course is taught through alternating interactive seminars and seminars focused on shared readings.
Week 1. Valued Environments - An Introduction
Week 2. Valuing Wilderness/The Wild
Week 3. Reading Seminar - Reading One
Week 4. Valuing the Ocean/Seas
Week 5. Reading Seminar - Reading Two
Week 6. Valuing Time
Week 7. Reading Seminar - Reading Three
Week 8. Valuing the Local
Week 9. Reading Seminar - Reading Four
Week 10. Valuing the Urban
Week 11. Reading Seminar - Reading Five
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 11,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Course essay (3000 words) 60% (Deadline: 18 Dec, 12 noon)
Book reviews submitted to course discussion board (4x500 words) 40% (Deadlines: 5 Oct, 19 Oct, 5 Nov, 16 Nov, 30 Nov)
Annotated bibliography 0% (formative assessment only). (Deadline 12 Nov, 12 noon)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A detailed, critical understanding of ways in which environments are valued and key theoretical/philosophical ways of approaching human/environmental interactions.
- An understanding of how a range of environments, from the wild to the urban are valued (or devalued).
- An understanding of the role of values in engagement with a range of environments and the conflicts that arise around different forms of value.
- Expression of the student┐s own critical thinking on environmental values in discussion and in writing, a thinking which will be informed by recent, relevant developments.
- The group discussions will give students the opportunity to demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with environmental issues and allow them to practise critically identifying and analysing complex problems.
|Armstrong, Susan.J. and Botzler, R. eds. (2004) Environmental Ethics: Divergence and Convergence. McGraw-Hill.|
Brady, Emily (2003) Aesthetics of the Natural Environment. Edinburgh University Press.
DesJardins, Joseph (2006) Environmental Ethics. 4th ed. Wadsworth.
Gardiner, Stephen et al., ed. (2010) Climate Ethics: Essential Readings. Oxford University Press.
Gardiner, Stephen M. and Thompson, Allen, eds. (2016) The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics. Oxford. Online access.
Gudorf, Christine and Huchingson, James (2010) Boundaries : a casebook in environmental ethics. Georgetown University Press. Online access.
Hourdequin, Marion (2015) Environmental Ethics: From Theory to Practice. Bloomsbury Academic.
Jamieson, Dale (2003) A Companion to Environmental Philosophy. Blackwell. Online access.
James, Simon (2015) Environmental Philosophy: An Introduction. Polity.
Keller, David. ed. (2010) Environmental Ethics: The Big Questions. Wiley.
Leopold, Aldo ( 2000) The Land Ethic/Sand County Almanac.
Oxford University Press.
O'Neill John, Light Andrew, and Holland Alan (2008) Environmental Values. Routledge.
Rolston, H. (2012) A new environmental ethics the next millennium for life on Earth. Routledge. Online access.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||PGGE1114,environmental ethics,environmental aesthetics,values,conservation,philosophy
|Course organiser||Prof Timothy Cresswell
Tel: (0131 6)50 9137
|Course secretary||Ms Louisa King
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543