Because we live in a world of complex interdependencies, business practices of all kinds influence the environment. All management actions have both positive and negative impacts of different severity on different parts of the environment including the fiscal or economic environment, the social environment, the physical environment that includes air, water and soil, and the biological environment. The tradeoffs for society at large of all of these impacts ultimately determines the real costs and benefits of production.
This course aims at developing skills that enable one to determine the ethical merits of different business practices based on their real and perceived positive and negative impacts. This program examines a range of issues in environmental ethics, including ethical issues related to existing and potential anthropogenic climate change.