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Lower Division Courses
PHIL 200 Sustainability Ethics: Service Learning (AH)
Sustainability Ethics is an experience learning course designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the ethical issues involved in the goal of sustainability, by working with local environmentally-oriented change organizations here in the Greater Knoxville area. Each student will be placed alongside a group of other students in a local partner organization, and will be required to commit 4-5 hours per week, outside of normal class-related time, to work with that organization for the period of the course. Experience learning at the community partner organization will be parallel to, and in conjunction with, deep and sustained reflection on both their experiences and the philosophical works on the conceptual and ethical issues raised by the goal of a sustainable culture. The goal of the course will be to contextualize the philosophical material students are exposed to through the experience learning component of the course, enabling students both to better understand the reality of the issues raised by the philosophical literature, as well as to be better able to articulate and defend their own views about sustainability, thus developing a richer, more thoughtful, more engaged environmental citizenship.
This course carries GenEd credit (AH).