Ethics, nature and society

April 19-20, 2017 and June 7-8, 2017, Bodø

Application form

Level of qualification: PhD
ECTS credits: 7,5
Study place: Bodø
Responsible faculty: Business school/Nord university (HHN)
Course responsible: Ove Jakobsen
E-mail address:
Student advisor: Grete Knudsen -
Language of instruction: English

Admission requirements:
Master of science (120 credits) in relevant fields or equivalent approved education. The candidate must be enrolled in a phd program. For further information contact the administration at HHN

Course evaluation
The students take an active part in evaluation of the course. Through their elected representative they shall have an ongoing dialogue with the course coordinator and the study program coordinator. In addition a final evaluation, based on an electronic questionnaire, is carried out.

Course fee to cover living expenses during the course modules, see information on the websites. In addition the students have pay for literature.

Description of the course:
The students are to increase their knowledge of concepts, theories and models in ethics relevant for elaborating moral issues in an interdisciplinary field of science. The course provides an overview of key concepts, theories and models relevant for exploring ethical issues in the interface between economy, nature and society. Students are to acquire knowledge in ethics relevant to identify, analyze and resolve moral issues of applicability to their PhD projects. Examples of perspectives and issues highlighted;
· General introduction to moral philosophy
· Eco-philosophy
· Gaia hypothesis and principles of ecology
· Economics, nature and culture
· Ecological economics
· Environmental challenges
· Trust in modern society
· Positive Psychology and Happiness
· The ethos of science
· Ethics and risk in modern society
· Ethics for the Technological Age

Learning outcomes
· The candidate can define, and applicate key concepts, theories and models as described and defined in the curriculum (lectures, textbooks and readings) in scholarly development projects on philosophical, ethical and environmental issues connected to nature, society and economy
· The candidate have increased awareness of, and better understanding of philosophical, ethical and environmental issues connected to nature, society and economy
· The candidate can formulate multifaceted problems plan and carry out complex research projects on philosophical, ethical and environmental issues connected to nature, society and economy.
The candidate can perform systematic evaluation based on theory and empirical information

The candidate carry out interdisciplinary assignments and projects

The candidate can communicate problems, analyzes and findings to peers, but also to the general public, including participating in debates at conferences and in a commonality with the aid of a scientific theoretical concepts.

Teaching methods:
The course is organized in two modules. Each module includes lectures, discussions and student presentations. Participation in both modules is mandatory.

The participants write an individual essay (of up to 12 pages, 1,5 line spacing, wide left margin) on a topic chosen within the course framework. The deadline is 21 days after the second session. The essays are graded on the scale "Passed" - "Failed".

Tucker, M.E. & Grim, J.A. (eds,) 1994; Worldviews and Ecology, NY.,Orbis Books

Lovelock, James 2006; The Revenge of Gaia, Penguin Books Ltd (177 pages)

Rachels, James; 2003, The Elements of Moral Philosophy, McGrawHill; 4. edition (ca. 210 pages)

Taylor, Charles; 2003, The Ethics of Authenticity, Harward University Press; 11. printing (ca.130 pages)

Readings (ed. Ove Jakobsen)