Caring for a Living Planet: Ecology and Ethics

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Fall 2018
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

ecology, plant biology

Why and how should we care for our planet? Should we care only about other human beings, or should we care about non-human animals as well? What about other organisms -- or even whole ecosystems? And what about people and other living things in the future? How does knowledge of living things help us to care about them and for them?

What do we need to know to understand, protect, and preserve human and non-human life and to maintain the integrity of ecological processes? We will study evolution and ecology to understand the variety and complexity of life.   We’ll learn ecological principles and quantitative analyses to assess ecosystem function, interactions among species, and sustainability of plant and animal populations. We will study philosophical ethics, specifically environmental ethics, and sharpen the critical reasoning skills we need to understand our ethical place in the world.

This program will help students to widen their understanding of how the natural world works, and how we as humans can live more thoughtfully, ethically, and sustainably in it.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: ecology, life sciences, humanities, public policy, government. 

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Mon/Wed 6-10pm