Environmental Management & Ethics

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About this course: Decision-makers often turn to scientists and engineers to assist them to navigate through complex environmental, health and societal challenges pervaded by systemic uncertainty, ambiguity and ethical implications. This course prepares you to meet the requests and demands of current and future decision-makers and in this course, you will analyze ethical challenges associated with environmental dilemmas and apply different decision making tools relevant to environmental management and regulation.

Created by:  Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Taught by:  Steffen Foss Hansen, Associate Professor

    Department of Environmental Engineering
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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

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About this course: Decision-makers often turn to scientists and engineers to assist them to navigate through complex environmental, health and societal challenges pervaded by systemic uncertainty, ambiguity and ethical implications. This course prepares you to meet the requests and demands of current and future decision-makers and in this course, you will analyze ethical challenges associated with environmental dilemmas and apply different decision making tools relevant to environmental management and regulation.

Created by:  Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Taught by:  Steffen Foss Hansen, Associate Professor

    Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Taught by:  Lauge Peter Westergaard Clausen, PhD student

    Environmental Engineering
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Welcome and introduction
The environmental ethical dilemmas that we face a immense. In this module, we will introduce you to our course on Environmental Management & Ethics.


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  1. Video: Introduction to Environmental Management & Ethics
  2. Discussion Prompt: Top 5 Environmental ethical challenges of today

Graded: Introduction to Environmetal Management & Ethics

WEEK 2


Environmental ethics
In this module, we will introduce you to environmental ethics in general and three different kinds of environmental ethics in specific.


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  1. Video: Introduction to Environmental Ethics
  2. Video: Land ethics
  3. Video: Deep ecology
  4. Discussion Prompt: Examples of Deep Ecology
  5. Video: Ecofeminism

Graded: Environmental ethics
Graded: Environmental ethical aspects of your chosen environmental dilemma

WEEK 3


Environmental management of wicked problems



In the past, environmental problems were local and we could use our senses to detect them. We could see them, smell them and feel them and we could develop uniform solutions to them. They were tame problems. and more of the environmental dilemmas and problems that we face are not tame. In this module, you will learn about environmental management of wicked problems in contrast to tame problems.


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  1. Video: Environmental management of tame and wicked problems

Graded: Environmental management of tame and wicked problems

WEEK 4


Decision-support tools



Tools and methods such as cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, technology assessment often provide support to decision-maker when it making decisions about how to best management the environment and environmental resources. These decision-support tools have different ethical foundations and different set of values embedded in them, which are important to have in mind.


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  1. Video: DPSIR
  2. Video: DPSIR- Example
  3. Video: Cost-benefit analysis
  4. Video: Stakeholder analysis
  5. Video: Stakeholder analysis - Example
  6. Video: Technology assessment

Graded: DPSIR on your chosen Environmental ethical dilemma
Graded: Cost-benefit analysis
Graded: Stakeholder analysis
Graded: Technology assessment

WEEK 5


Environmental regulation and principles
In this module, we will introduce you to the main different kinds of implementing environmental regulation as well as some of the key environmental principles on which environmental management is based internationally.


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  1. Video: Command and control regulation
  2. Video: Economic incentives
  3. Discussion Prompt: Disadvantages of Economic incentives
  4. Video: Voluntary Environmental Programmes
  5. Video: The Precautionary Principle
  6. Video: Other environmental principles

Graded: Environmental regulation
Graded: Environmental principles

WEEK 6


Recommendations on your chosen Environmental ethical dilemma
In this module, you will learn-by-doing how hard it can be to develop a set of clear recommendation to solve a given environmental ethical dilemma.




    Graded: Develop final recommendations
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