Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL2055: Ecology, Environment and Conservation
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Adrian Currie (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
People in the West have become increasingly concerned with the state of the natural environment. Increasing pollution, the exploitation of natural resources, and extinctions have led policy-makers, scientists and the general public to take active steps to preserve the natural world. But what is ‘natural’? Why would we want to preserve it? And howcan we preserve it? In this module you will take a philosophy of science approach to environmental philosophy. The focus will be on ecology’s scientific status, its relationship to conservation biology, and the consequences for environmental ethics. No prior knowledge of either philosophy or science will be assumed.