Issues in environmental ethics

  • Teaching

    Details

    Faculty Faculty of Science and Medicine
    Domain Geography
    Code UE-SGG.00487
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Project
    Level Master
    Semester SA-2022

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Wednesday 15:15 - 17:00, Hebdomadaire, PER 14, Room 2.223 (Autumn semester)
    Contact's hours 28

    Teaching

    Responsibles
    Teachers
    Description

    This seminar offered by Dominic Roser (economist and philosopher) and Olivier Graefe (Human geographer) focuses on environmental issues from ethical perspectives. Instead of looking at these issues only in general and abstract terms, it chooses to focus specifically on ethical questions pertaining to human-animal relationships. This seminar thus analyses the – geographical, but also social, political and economic – places of animals in our societies mobilizing studies from various disciplines. The seminar is composed of four parts. The introduction serves to establish the theoretical and conceptual background of animal ethics. In particular, it aims to explore the different approaches used in ethics (such as utilitarianism, animal rights, etc.) as well as attempts to define animals, their different positions and the distinction between the human and the non-human. The second part focuses on the exploitation of animals and concepts such as animal labor and the post-animal economy in agriculture, transport and science. In the third part, aspects of cohabitation, companionship and dependence of animals will be explored. The last part studies ways of commodification of interspecies encounters, resistance and types of antagonisms in human-animal relationships and the ethical questions dealing with these. The conclusion will give an outlook on representations of animals and concepts of co-citizenship.

    The seminar starts in the second week of the semester and students read the first 5 chapters of the book of Tony Milligan, Animal ethics. Routledge. The book is available on the moodle platform https://moodle.unifr.ch/course/view.php?id=267536#section-10.


     

    Training objectives

    Goals of the seminar:

    – 1 – Knowledge of the relevant positions and themes in animal ethics

    – 2 – Sharpening our reading, reflection, reasoning, and debating skills

    – 3 – Having a better eye for the relevance and complexity of the ‘animal aspect’ of various topics

    Comments

    https://moodle.unifr.ch/course/view.php?id=267536

    Softskills
    No
    Off field
    No
    BeNeFri
    Yes
    Mobility
    Yes
    UniPop
    No
  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    28.09.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    05.10.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    12.10.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    19.10.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    26.10.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    02.11.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    09.11.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    16.11.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    23.11.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    30.11.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    07.12.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    14.12.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
    21.12.2022 15:15 - 17:00 Cours PER 14, Room 2.223
  • Assessments methods

    Projet

    Assessments methods By rating
  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    Additional Courses in Sciences
    Version: ens_compl_sciences
    Paquet indépendant des branches > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)

    Additional programme requirements for PhD studies [PRE-DOC]
    Version: 2020_1/v_01
    Additional programme requirements for PhD studies (Faculty of Science and Medicine) > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)

    Environmental Sciences and Humanities [MA] 30
    Version: 2022_1/V_01
    Environmental Sciences and Humanities, minor Master > Environmental Humanities Module, elective courses (from AS2022 on)

    Geography [3e cycle]
    Version: 2015_1/V_01
    Continuing education > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)

    Geography [POST-DOC]
    Version: 2015_1/V_01
    Continuing education > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)

    Geosciences [3e cycle]
    Version: 2015_1/V_01
    Continuing education > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)

    Geosciences [POST-DOC]
    Version: 2015_1/V_01
    Continuing education > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)

    MSc in Environmental Sciences and Humanities [MA] 120
    Version: 2022_1/V_01
    MSc in Environmental Sciences and Humanities, elective courses > MSc-SE, Environmental Humanities Module, elective courses (from AS2021 on)

    MSc-GG - Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology [MA] 120
    Version: 2022_1/V_01
    MSc in Geography, Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology, elective lectures and seminars (from AS2020 on) > MSc in Geography, supporting courses for the option DGG (from AS2018 on)

    MSc-GG - Nature, Society and Politics [MA] 120
    Version: 2022_1/V_01
    MSc in Geographie, Natur, Gesellschaft und Politik, Vorlesungen und Seminare zur Wahl (from AS2020 on) > MSc in Geography, social science module, elective courses (from AS2018 on)

    sp-MSc-GG - Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology [MA] 120
    Version: 2022_1/V_01
    sp. MSc in Geography, Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology, elective lectures and seminars (frmo AS2020 on) > MSc in Geography, supporting courses for the option DGG (from AS2018 on)

    sp-MSc-GG - Nature, Society and Politics [MA] 120
    Version: 2022_1/V_01
    MSc in Geographie, Natur, Gesellschaft und Politik, Vorlesungen und Seminare zur Wahl (from AS2020 on) > MSc in Geography, social science module, elective courses (from AS2018 on)