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Ethics of conservation and resource use

  • Autumn 2024
  • Next course: 07. October - 22. October 2024
  • CMM/CRD Elective Course | 4 ECTS
  • Course:CMM5604

About the course

Working in resource management and development fields often means facing difficult choices as people seek to balance the conservation and utilization of natural resources with the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, protecting Indigenous rights, promoting environmental justice, and securing a healthy economy. Actors involved in decision making and resource use often possess different priorities and ethical values which means controversial decisions with long-term implications. This course provides an overview of diverse fields of environmental ethics that can inform decision-making and management of these important resources.It also introduces students to practical applications and examples of how ethical approaches can and should be used. Particular emphasis will be given to applications and case studies involving coastal and marine resources.


Learning outcome

On completion of the course a student can:

  • explain how different ethical traditions understand the human relationship with the environment and the types of values they place on natural resources.
  • discuss how various ethical views have influenced resource use and conservation in the past across different cultures and regions.
  • explain how various fields of ethics value humans and non-humans.
  • analyse how different types of ethics affect just uses of environmental and natural resources.
  • reflect upon their own system of environmental ethics and how it influences the student's relationship with the environment.
  • employ ethical principles to inform management plans for resource use and conservation.


Prerequisites: No prerequisites registered for the course

Assessment: 60% written assignments; 30% group assignment; 10% class participation

Final Exam: Assignment