Universität Wien FIND

180103 SE Climate Ethics (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 14.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 21.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 28.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 04.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 11.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 18.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 25.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 02.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 09.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 16.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 13.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 20.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Thursday 27.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Major climate change, such as the increase of global temperatures due to atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases and the consequent rise of average sea level, as well as their undeniable harmful consequences, have called for transformations of both technology and human behavior. Mitigation based on emission cuts has been the main focus of our response strategies to keep the increase of temperature as far below under 2ºC as possible.

This seminar will consider some of the moral questions raised by climate change. In particular, we will discuss questions about how to best conceive of climate change as a moral problem, about fairness in sharing the associated economic burden among countries, about justice towards climate refugees, future generations, and non-human sentient species, as well as questions about moral motivation and individual moral obligations in the context of possibly catastrophic climate change.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance and active participation in discussion (15%), seminar presentation (25%),
and a term paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor (60%).
Detailed instructions for writing your paper will be given in the seminar.

All these evaluation components are required for successfully completing this course.
Only one unexcused absence is permitted.

Grading scale:
100-90 pts -- very good
89-80 pts -- good
79-66 pts -- satisfactory
65-51 pts -- sufficient
50-0 pts -- insufficient

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:18