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Environmental Management & Ethics (Coursera)

Decision-makers often turn to scientists and engineers to assist them to navigate through complex environmental, health and societal challenges pervaded by systemic uncertainty, ambiguity and ethical implications.

This course prepares you to meet the requests and demands of current and future decision-makers and in this course, you will analyze ethical challenges associated with environmental dilemmas and apply different decision making tools relevant to environmental management and regulation.



Welcome and introduction

The environmental ethical dilemmas that we face a immense. In this module, we will introduce you to our course on Environmental Management & Ethics.

Graded: Introduction to Environmetal Management & Ethics


Environmental ethics

In this module, we will introduce you to environmental ethics in general and three different kinds of environmental ethics in specific.

Graded: Environmental ethics

Graded: Environmental ethical aspects of your chosen environmental dilemma


Environmental management of wicked problems

In the past, environmental problems were local and we could use our senses to detect them. We could see them, smell them and feel them and we could develop uniform solutions to them. They were tame problems. More and more of the environmental dilemmas and problems that we face are not tame. In this module, you will learn about environmental management of wicked problems in contrast to tame problems.

Graded: Environmental management of tame and wicked problems


Decision-support tools

Tools and methods such as cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, technology assessment often provide support to decision-maker when it making decisions about how to best management the environment and environmental resources. These decision-support tools have different ethical foundations and different set of values embedded in them, which are important to have in mind.

Graded: DPSIR on your chosen Environmental ethical dilemma

Graded: Cost-benefit analysis

Graded: Stakeholder analysis

Graded: Technology assessment


Environmental regulation and principles

In this module, we will introduce you to the main different kinds of implementing environmental regulation as well as some of the key environmental principles on which environmental management is based internationally.

Graded: Environmental regulation

Graded: Environmental principles


Recommendations on your chosen Environmental ethical dilemma

In this module, you will learn-by-doing how hard it can be to develop a set of clear recommendation to solve a given environmental ethical dilemma.

Graded: Develop final recommendations