Seminar: Climate Change and Ethical Challenges

ENE452 Seminar: Climate Change and Ethical Challenges

Autumn 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.

  • Credit reduction due to overlap


  • Requirements for course approval

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

  • Assessment

    3 days individual home exam (publication day 1 at 09.00, submission day 3 by 14.00)

  • Grading Scale

    Pass - Fail.

  • Literature

    To be announced on Canvas.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2021. End of the autumn semester.

Course responsible

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