Seminar: Climate Change and Ethical Challenges

ENE452 Seminar: Climate Change and Ethical Challenges

Spring 2021

  • Topics

    The course consists of lectures and student group work.

    The following topics are relevant for discussion in lectures and student groups: - ethical perspectives of climate change - ethics and the precautionary principle - research & science ethics - ethics of science-policy interactions - ethics and geoengineering - climate science and social values - various ethical cases/questions

  • Learning outcome


    Upon successful completion the student

    • knows some basic ethical theories
    • knows the basics of climate change and related ethical challenges
    • is familiar with international aspects and possible conflicts between rich and poor countries related to climate change
    • is familiar with intergenerational aspects and challenges of climate change
    • is familiar with uncertainty and policy issues of global warming - knows geoengineering principles and related ethical issues


    upon successful completion the student

    • can discuss and reflect on ethical questions of climate change
    • can apply basic ethical theories to climate change challenges

    General competences

    upon successful completion the student

    • has practice preparing and discussing ethical problems in small and large groups
    • has in-depth insight into some of the ethical challenges of climate change

  • Teaching

    One week long intensive course with lectures and student group activities. If necessary due to the Corona situation, lectures will be given by Zoom.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Full attendance is mandatory; either on digital platforms or in the auditorium depending on the situation. 

  • Assessment

    Group presentation (5-8 students in each group) on given topic. Due to the corona-situation, this may be replaced by individual papers.

    Updated October 1st 2020: Assessment autumn 2020 is individual papers.

  • Grading Scale

    Pass / fail.

  • Literature

    To be announced on Canvas.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2020. Week 45, last week of the autumn semester.

Course responsible

Professor Stein Ivar Steinshamn, Department of Business and Management Science.