|Course code module||FLWF004400|
|Study load (hours)||84|
Christa Van Ginneken
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
Introduction to philosophy is required.
This course is delivered in co-operation with the faculty of Biology. An introduction to the relevant topics of contemporary biological sciences for non-specialists will be provided at the beginning of the course series.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
This course wants to introduce the students to the main topics of ethical discussion raised by the progress in biological sciences. It aims at criticial reflection, rather than trying to offer clear-cut answers to the sometimes complex ethical issues raised from a societal and cultural perspective by the impact of biotechnology and the remarkable revolution in the knowledge of biology.
3. Course content
After 4 hours of introduction to contemporary ethics and bio-ethics, and a 2-hour introduction to the relevant aspects of Biology, various topics are treated in seminar form. These topics change every year and are announced 'ad valvas' by the end of January.
In past years, these themes have been a. o.: animal rights; patenting genes and organisms; ethical aspects of stem cell research; biodiversity and responsibility of mankind; scientific research and justice.
Experts will be invited to give talks in seminar form on each of these topics
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)
5. Assessment method
Exam: Oral, without written preparation
Written assignment: Without oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
All information will be available via BB. Given the format of the courses - mainly thematic lectures with discussions by invited speakers - this course material can only made available as the courses progress.
7. Recommended reading - study material
Bioethics: an introduction for the biosciences. 2nd Ed, Ben Mepham, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-921430-3
laatste aanpassing: last update: 11/01/2010 13:55 willem.lemmens