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

Semester Herbstsemester 2024
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 in class.
Bemerkungen Note: Special course application and entry requirements!

Mandatory for all students of the MSD unless the following situation applies to you:
Those who have already attended a similar class are supposed to contact Prof. Dr. Janina Grabs (available as of June 24) and determine with her a substitute and inform C. Chebbi by email. A learning agreement is to be filled in if the substitute concerns the 'Complementary Knowledge in Social Science' module (template on website/downloads MSD 2017).

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


Teilnahmebedingungen Special course application required for ALL (for details see section 'course application' or 'Anmeldung').

Limited number of participants (25). Students of the MSD (incl. preparation semester and IJDSD) have a first priority.
Students of the listed programs (see list of modules) have a second priority.
If you study something different you must do at least a master's degree within the
Department of Social Sciences (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and may attend the seminar in case of vacancies (these applications have the priority level three). No other students admitted.

Content related participation REQUIREMENTS for NON-MSD/IJDSD-students: They must have passed succesfully one of the following lectures (= credit points already acquired) during a former semester:
- 11513: Sustainability: A new Societal Paradigm?
- 41829: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainability.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please note entry requirements. For details see section "admission requirements".

Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 14. August 24/noon: https://adam.unibas.ch/goto_adam_crs_544052.html
Login and application only possible with open link. Link guides to the ADAM website, you still must do the login.

First emails with confirmation of participation will be sent out in week 36.
In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until 26. September 24/noon.

Course enrollment on MOnA should be completed by the beginning of the teaching period (withdrawal possible until Monday of teaching week five).
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Dienstag 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Bemerkungen For details regarding room see online course directory/section "dates and rooms".


Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 17.09.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 24.09.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 01.10.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 08.10.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 15.10.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 22.10.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 29.10.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 05.11.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 12.11.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 19.11.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 26.11.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 03.12.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 10.12.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 17.12.2024 12.15-14.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module 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 Compulsory attendance in presence, required readings, oral presentation, essay. Details according to information of B. Schmitz.
Final session (discussion of essays): January 25, date tba in class.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anm.: Belegen Lehrveranstaltung; Abm.: stornieren
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung