Green Philosophies

Ref: C2342817

Some actions on environmental issues are obvious, for example reducing the use of plastic or fossil fuels. But beyond these, what needs to be done depends on how the problem is defined, and that depends on the overall philosophical approach to environmental issues. For example, some argue that overpopulation is the key issue and call for a reduction of population size as the most important change, while others identify lifestyle as the key issue and call for a reduction in resource use per person. The course will introduce you to key ideas from the following philosophies : ecological modernisation; conservation; green liberalism; eco-anarchism; green socialism; deep ecology.

Course aim

to give a brief introduction to different philosophical approaches to understanding and tackling environmental issues

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • give brief explanations of one key idea from each philosophy covered on the course
  • give a more in-depth explanation of a key idea each from at least two philosophies covered on the course
  • using an example, show how issues are understood in at least two philosophies covered on the course
  • say (with reasons) which philosophical approache(s) covered on the course is/are least and which most convincing
  • say to what extent your understanding of environmental issues has changed as a result of the course

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Green Philosophies

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