Postgraduate taught 

Management & Sustainable Tourism MSc

Environmental Ethics and Behaviour Change DUMF5060

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This 20 credit course introduces the philosophical, social, political and scientific issues of environmental ethics, environmental policy, technological choice, and the relationship between these and business ethics and behaviour change. The intention is to provide essential background for an environmentally-oriented discipline; to sensitise students to the ethical dimensions of their subject and its professional practice; and, not least, to enable them to justify to their eventual colleagues and clients the importance and appropriateness of their activities. The course presumes no prior exposure to ethical questions.


Mondays 10.00-12.00 (Glasgow)

Fridays 10.00-12.00 (Dumfries)

Excluded Courses





Summative Assessment

1. 3 Moodle assignments (including an essay plan): 20%

2. Group presentation: 20%

3. 2500-3000 word essay: 60%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Group presentation cannot be repeated.

Course Aims

1. To provide an introduction to foundational principles of environmental ethics, and the theory and practice of environmental behaviour change.

2. To develop abilities in identifying ethical dimensions in occupational and professional contex
ts relevant to environmentally related professions.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Explain the
 organising principles of major ethical and behaviour change theories.


2. Identify the ethical dimensions associated with environmentally related professions.

Critically apply ethical and behaviour change theories in order to solve environmental dilemmas.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment and attend 75% of class meetings.