Seminar: Climate Change and Ethical Challenges

ENE452 Seminar: Climate Change and Ethical Challenges

Spring 2020

Autumn 2020
  • 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 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.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Full attendance is mandatory.

  • Assessment

    Group presentation (5-8 students in each group) on given topic.

  • Grading Scale

    Pass / fail.

  • Literature

    GARDINER ET AL. (2010), Climate Ethics (Oxford University Press)

    JOHN BROOME (2012), Climate Matters (Norton)

    SIMON CANEY (2005), Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility, and Global Climate Change, Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 18, pp. 747¿775

    STEPHEN M. GARDINER (2006), A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption, Environmental Values, Vol. 15, pp. 397¿413

    DALE JAMIESON (1992), Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming, Science Technology Human Values, Vol. 17, pp.139¿153

    TIM HAYWARD, Human rights vs. emission rights: Climate justice and the equitable distribution of ecological space

    DESMOND MCNEILL, Ethics, Politics, Economics and the Global Environment

    KIRSTEN ULSRUD, LINDA SYGNA AND KAREN O¿BRIEN (2008), More than rain: Identifying Sustainable Pathways For Climate Adaptation And Poverty Reduction

    SILVIO FUNTOWICZ, ROGER STRAND (2007), Chapter 16: Models of Science and Policy

    KJETIL ROMMETVEIT, SILVIO FUNTOWICZ, ROGER STRAND, Knowledge, democracy and action in response to climate change

    CHRISTOPHER J. PRESTON (2013), Ethics and geoengineering: reviewing the moral issues raised by solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal, WIREs Climate Change, Vol. 4, pp. 23-37.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered autumn 2019.

Course responsible

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