PHI201 Bioscience, Ethics and Environmental Philosophy
Showing course contents for the educational year 2022 - 2023 .
Course responsible: Frode Kjosavik
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2005-2006
The connection between our self-image and our view of nature. Our responsibility for future generations. The moral status of other life forms. To what extent are humans entitled to exploit animals? Animal welfare and animal rights approaches. Understanding technology and technological developments, including biotechnology, i.e., genetic modification. Views of nature, with narrow anthropocentrism and deep ecology as two extremes. Various concepts of sustainability. Artificial vs. 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. What is an "ecologically good" society? Climate research and the politics of science. Climate justice.
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; build a general ethical competence for dealing with issues concerning the social significance of nature management.
The teaching is online and synchronous in Zoom. There will not be any recordings of the Zoom-sessions. The teaching consists in lectures and seminars. Discussion is an important part of the course.
Examen Philosophicum (PHI100/PHI101/PHI102) or equivalent.
Final written examination at home (3 hours) accounts for 100 % of the grade.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Type of course:
Two hours weekly: 2/3 lectures, 1/3 seminars.
Allowed examination aids: C3 All types of calculators, all other aids – including digital aids
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades