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FAK3010 Environmental Philosophy 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAK3010 (Spring 2017–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course provides an introduction to environmental philosophy. The course covers topics such as the moral status of animals, plants and ecosystems, the concept of sustainable development, consideration of future generations, collective dilemmas, and the means and ends of environmental policy.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify, describe and problematize the major philosophical issues that arise in the context of man’s interaction with the natural environment;
  • Problematize the concept of sustainable development from the perspective of intergenerational justice;
  • Distinguish between anthropocentric, biocentric, and ecocentric theories and give a systematic account of their respective strengths and limitations;
  • Use basic philosophical tools (concepts, theories, principles, methods) to analyze common environmental problems and proposed solutions

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is given for PhD students.

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature will be announced no later than four weeks before the course starts.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

  • DELA – Attendance, 2.5, grade scale: P, F
  • TENTA 1 – Written exam, 5, grade scale: P, F

Other requirements for final grade

Attendance and passed written examination.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Karin Edvardsson Björnberg

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FAK3010

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Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Karin Edvardsson Björnberg,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Philosophy