PHIL249-21SU1 (D) Summer Jan 2021 start (Distance)

Environmental Ethics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 11 January 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 17 January 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 January 2021


Humanity faces threatening environmental problems, not least climate change. Can science, technology and free markets provide the solutions - or must we reconsider our values and priorities? Is nature inherently valuable? What should be protected for future generations? Do we have moral duties to non-human animals, including endangered species? PHIL249 examines recent philosophical responses to these and other questions in environmental ethics. This course is for students in Arts, Science, Engineering, Business and Law; no background in philosophy is required.


Any 15 points at 100 level in PHIL, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA or the BSc.

Recommended Preparation

15 points of 100 level Philosophy, or 30 points or more of humanities, social science, science, engineering, economics, or commerce studies and an interest in reflective critical debate.

Course Coordinator

Diane Proudfoot


Kyle Gibson and Dan McKay

Lecturer: Dan McKay

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All PHIL249 Occurrences

  • PHIL249-21SU1 (C) Summer Jan 2021 start
  • PHIL249-21SU1 (D) Summer Jan 2021 start (Distance)