The short essay assignments will be graded on how well students have mastered writing an argumentative essay and basic writing skills. Essays will address timely controversies dealing with ethical issues arising from climate change. Possible exercises will involve responding to arguments presented in Op Ed pieces that appear in national newspapers. Students will engage in peer review exercises that will provide them with the opportunity to develop several drafts before turning their essays in for a final grade.
8/28: Sandel, Chapter 1, “Do the Right Thing”
Posner & Weisbach, Climate Change Justice, Introduction and Chapter 1, “Facts and Predictions”
9/2: Video: “Climate of Doubt”
9/4: Minteer, “Move it or lose it? The Ecological Ethics of Relocating Species under Climate Change”
Discuss “Climate of Doubt” in Groups
9/9: Ron Sandler, “The Value of Species and the Ethical Foundations of Assisted Colonization”