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14253-01 - Seminar: Environmental Ethics and Intergenerational Justice 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Barbara Schmitz (barbara.schmitz@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The central questions of environmental ethics concern the moral obligations we have towards protecting our natural environment. How can these obligations be rationally justified? What do they include? Physiocentric approaches suppose that the value of protecting our environment is not just based on human interests. In contrast, anthropocentric approaches completely explain the obligation to conserve the nonhuman nature by reference to the interests of human beings who for example have a need for an undestroyed environment as an economical ressource or as an area for their relaxation. These different approaches will be discussed in the first part of the course.
Sustainable development is aiming at the protection of the economical and ecological conditions of the good life of future generations. By serving this goal environmental ethics becomes part of an ethics concerning our responsibility for the future. In the second part of the course different readings of this responsibility will be discussed. In this context, it will also be examined in which way our obligation to protect our environment can be justified by the idea of justice between present and future generations.
Lernziele The participants know
- different approaches in environmental ethics;
- the specific problems of intergenerational justice.
Literatur The literature is presented at the beginning of the seminar.
Bemerkungen Note: Special course application and entry requirements!

MSD students who already have attended a similar class are supposed to contact Prof. Dr. P. Burger and determine with him a substitute. Don’t forget to inform C. Chebbi by email about your agreement.

MSD 2017
Mandatory for all students (unless the above situation applies to you).

MSD 2010
Die Anrechnung erfolgt gemäss publizierten Modulen oder mittels LC für den Vertiefungsbereich Phil.-Hist. Pflicht für alle, sei denn man hat diese LV oder eine vergleichbare schon gemacht (siehe Absatz weiter oben).

This seminar is offered by MSD, Dr. B. Schmitz holds a teaching assignment.


Teilnahmebedingungen Special course application required for ALL (for details see 'course application' or 'Anmeldung'). Course application in a different way then explained ARE NOT taken into account.

Limited number of participants (25), Students of the MSD have a first priority; those of the mentioned fields of study (see list of modules) have a second priority. If you study something different you must do a master 's degree within the 'Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences'/Department of Social Sciences, and may attend the seminar in case of vacancies and former application as required.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 14.08.19y/noon - 04.09.19/midnight:


Login and application possible from 14.08.19/noon on. (Login button on top row right hand side of ADAM website)

NOTE: Be aware of special entry requirements. Course inscription via MOnA remains mandatory for all participants..

In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until the second week of teaching + 2 days.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot fakultativ


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 18.09.2019 – 22.01.2020
Zeit Mittwoch, 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 18.09.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 25.09.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 02.10.2019 12.00-14.00 Uhr --, --
Mittwoch 09.10.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 16.10.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 23.10.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 30.10.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 04.11.2019 12.15-13.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 06.11.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 13.11.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 20.11.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 27.11.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 04.12.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 11.12.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 18.12.2019 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 22.01.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Modul Grundlagenbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2017))
Modul Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaftliche Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2017))
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Komplementärer Basisbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Praktische Philosophie (Master Studienfach Philosophie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance (mandatory), required readings, oral presentation, essay.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An-/Abmelden: Belegen resp. Stornieren der Belegung via MOnA
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung