Course code PHI201

PHI201 Bioscience, Ethics and Environmental Philosophy

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Course responsible: Frode Kjosavik
Teachers: Terje Bent Kvilhaug
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2005H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Connection between view of man and view of nature. Future generations. Moral status for other life forms than humans. To what extent are humans entitled to exploit other organisms? Experiments with animals will be discussed on the basis of welfare and rights. Understanding of technology, including biotechnology, i.e., genetic modification. Views of nature with anthropocentrism and biocentrism as two extremes. Ethical relevant distinction between man-made and natural environments? Which parts of nature do we wish to preserve/conserve, and what is the justification for this? Cost-benefit analysis and environmental goods. Social justice and the "ecologically good" society? Climate research and the politics of science. In what sense can we speak of equilibrium in nature? Is there a difference between man-made and natural disturbances?
Learning outcome:
The student is to: Gain knowledge of the status of processes in nature and value issues pertaining to humans' relation to animals and to the environment. Develop skills for analysis and critical reflection on problems within animal and environmental ethics. Obtain a general ethical competence for dealing with issues concerning the social significance of the management of nature.
Learning activities:
Digital lectures and seminars.
Teaching support:
Examen Philosophicum (PHI100/PHI101/PHI102)or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Home examination, 24 hours.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Two hours weekly: 2/3 lectures, 1/3 seminars.
External examiner.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / F