Environmental Ethics and Behaviour Change (Nankai) DUMF5113

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to the field of environmental ethics in a way that highlights its relevance for environmental policy, technological choice, business practices, and behaviour change. At its heart is a critical evaluation of the major theoretical perspectives that have come to define the discipline - anthropocentric, biocentric and ecocentric ethics; and the ethical implications of drivers of behaviour change - technology, policy, information, persuasion, and direct action. The course aims to make students of environmental management and environmental science more knowledgeable and sensitive in their professional and personal environmental decision making.


Teaching will be over a 3 week period, with further time for study and reflection, and completing the course essay.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Nankai JGS Environmental Management programme.

Excluded Courses





1 x essay (approx. 2500 words): 60%

2 x short, Moodle-based exercises: 10% each

1 x group presentation: 20%

Course Aims

1. To provide an introduction to foundational principles of ethics, environmental ethics, and the theory and practice of environmental behaviour change.
2. To develop abilities in identifying ethical dimensions in occupational and professional contexts relevant to environmentally related professions.

3. To improve skills in assessing ethical quandaries arising from t
he application of environmental technologies, and solving these using ethically appropriate communication and behaviour change strategies and tactics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Explain the organising principles of the major systems of ethics and environmental ethics;

2. Identify ethical dimensions in the practice of environmental management;

3. Identify specific ethical concerns and propose solutions taking into account the views of the parties concerned;

4. Critically apply ethical and behaviour change theories in order to solve issues in environmental management.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.