Weeks 2 and 4-7 you will have assigned reading. All readings (unless otherwise stated) are from your text, Environmental Ethics: An Anthology.
Some weeks, there will be multimedia activities available for you to view, which will help further your understanding of the course material.
Week 1, you will post a short personal introduction about yourself and your interests in environmental ethics. During Weeks 1, 3-5 and 8 you will be asked to respond to a Discussion topic that focuses on the material we have learned and/or a video you will view. Complete instructions can be found in the “Discussion Post Guidelines,” available in the Content area of the course. Please carefully follow the guidelines to respond to each Discussion topic and respond to at least one of your fellow classmate’s posts.
Current Environmental Ethics Issue Assignment - Parts I, II and III
This assignment has three parts. During Week 3 you will complete Part I by selecting a recent online article that focuses on a current issue in the field of environmental ethics, and then summarizing the article and posing an ethical question about the issue. In Week 6 you will complete Part II by responding to two of your classmates’ “Part I” posts, helping them think about the answer to the question they posed in Part I. Then, in Week 7 you will complete Part III by answering the question you posed during Part I. Complete instructions on how to complete this assignment will be available in the Content area.
Reading Guide Questions
Weeks 2 and 4-7 you will be given a reading guide containing roughly 25 questions designed to improve your ability to work through and analyze the assigned reading for the week. You should answer all of the questions, as many of these will be asked on your final, but you only need to post an answer to one question for a grade each week. This question will be assigned to you and your last name will appear next to it. The Reading Guide Questions will be located in the corresponding weekly module in the Content area of the course. Post the answer to your assigned question in the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course. Your post for each week should take the form of a polished, mini-essay of no less than 250 words and demonstrate a serious attempt to understand and critically evaluate the material. Please see the “Guidelines for Reading Guide Questions” located in the Content area of the course for expectations and grading criteria for this assignment.
Weeks 2 and 4-7 you will have a short, 5 question, multiple-choice quiz that covers that week’s reading assignment. These are open book and open note. You have 30 minutes to take each quiz. Each quiz is accessible through the Quizzes area anytime from Monday through midnight the following Sunday during the week it is assigned.
Week 8 you will have a proctored Final Exam. This exam will be comprehensive and based on the material in Reading Guides 1-5. It will be multiple choice and closed book, with no notes or outside sources permitted. The exam consists of 75 questions, worth 2 points each, for a total of 150 possible points (30% of your final grade). You will have 2 hours to complete the exam. The Final Exam is accessible through the Quizzes area of the course any time from Tuesday through midnight Saturday of Week 8. Please see the Proctor Information section below.
Note: In this course, any plagiarized or recycled work will receive no credit. You are required to complete the Plagiarism Tutorial in the Content area of the course and be informed about what constitutes plagiarism.