• 6-week
  • Course
  • New for 2021
Environmental Ethics

This course examines the nature of environmental ethics and focuses on the human relationship to and responsibility for nature and the future of the environment. A full range of approaches to environmental ethics is examined; this includes human-centered approaches that focus on the impact of environmental degradation on humans, biocentric approaches that are based on the moral value of all life forms or ecosystems, the concept of environmental justice, and the perspectives of several of the major world religions on the value and care of the natural world. Students write both personal reflections and analytical essays in order to produce creative explorations of the concepts covered and to apply ethical frameworks to specific cases. Students work in small groups to research a topic of their choice throughout the summer, ending the course with a class presentation of their work.

Note: Open to students who will have completed the U.S. equivalent of grades 10 or 11 by the start of Summer Programs.

This course is the equivalent of PL465HO Environmental Ethics, offered during the academic year as part of the Environmental Immersion Program. Matriculating and current Choate students who wish to take the course to fulfill the diploma requirement in philosophy/religion must first obtain permission from the academic year History, Philosophy, Religion, and Social Sciences department head as part of the application process for Summer Programs, and must then comply with all attendance and course expectations.

The department head will determine final eligibility for diploma credit based upon the student’s successful completion of the course.

  • 6-week
  • Block 7
  • Choate Diploma Credit
  • High School
  • New for 2021

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