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Climate Change Virtue Ethics and Ecocriticism in Undergraduate Education
by Krueger, Barbara Murphy, M.A., Prescott College, 2014, 188; 1583209
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the question: can an ecocritical approach to environmental virtue ethics (EVE) in undergraduate climate change education inform students' understanding of the ethical issues of climate change and promote environmental responsibility and action? Philosophical theories of virtue ethics will be discussed from an historical perspective as well as to its renewal in the 20th century, especially within the context of the wicked dimensions of the climate change crisis. Dominant themes in climate change ethics including concerns over the scientific complexity, global dimensions, temporal issues, intergenerational fairness and responsibility, justice, and human rights will be presented and used to devise a compendium of climate change virtues and vices. Environmental and climate change education research will be reviewed as well as the reasons for its failure to produce a substantial shift in attitudes and behavior of people especially in the global North will be deliberated. Ecocriticism, which studies the relationship between literature and visual and audial art will be explored, and a novel curriculum based on theoretical elements from climate change virtue ethics and supported with examples of the ecocritical arts will be proposed. It is my belief that an interdisciplinary framework supported and illustrated by climate change ecocriticism from any and all of the literary, visual, audial, and performance arts will create deeper understandings of climate change complexity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wetzel, Melanie
Commitee: Caniglia, Noel, Melton, Bruce
School: Prescott College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental philosophy, Ethics, Climate Change, Environmental education, Curriculum development, Higher education
Keywords: Climate change, Ecocriticism, Undergraduate education, Virtue ethics
Publication Number: 1583209
ISBN: 978-1-321-53773-4
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