Environmental Philosophy (PHIL2640)


This unit presents a variety of philosophical issues associated with the study and management of the natural environment. We will look at questions such as: what does it mean to live in harmony with the environment? what is sustainability? why should we preserve biodiversity? what is the best way to achieve conservation goals? what are ecological models and how do they work? and what is the proper relationship between environmental science and the values found in environmental policy and management?

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1500wd assignment (30%), 1x3000wd essay (60%), tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 junior credit points in Philosophy or 12 junior credit points in History and Philosophy of Science or 12 junior credit points in Biology



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.