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What role can designers play in helping to resolve the moral and political dilemmas faced by environmental activists and policymakers? This seminar focuses on environmental practice as the starting point for theoretical reflection as philosophy can take a more publicly engaged approach. This seminar combines a deep understanding of the environmental ethics literature with a sympathetic sociological and political examination of environmental activists and their reasoning. The course book for this seminar is a collection of essays by Dr. Andrew Light, an environmental Philosopher, and it is divided into three parts: Political Theory and Environmental Practice, Philosophical Tools for Environmental Practice, and Rethinking Philosophy through Environmental Practice. Case studies are included from Canada, Denmark, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This is an elective from the landscape architecture curriculum. It offers a historical and community based approach to environmental valuation and develops a pragmatic methodology needed to transform environmental ethics into a more practical ethics allowing landscape architects to participate into the actual resolution of environmental problems.
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