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Ethics in Science - SCIE4003

Year - 2020

In the contemporary world, a wide variety of ethical concerns impinge upon the practice of scientific research. In this unit you will learn how to identify potential ethical issues within science, acquire the tools necessary to analyse them, and develop the ability to articulate ethically sound insights about how to resolve them. In the first portion of the unit, you will be familiarised with how significant developments in post-World War II science motivated sustained ethical debate among scientists and in society. In the second portion of the unit, you will select from either a Human Ethics module or an Animal Ethics module and learn the requirements of how to ensure your research complies with appropriate national legislation and codes of conduct. By undertaking this unit you will develop the ability to conduct scientific research in an ethically justifiable way, place scientific developments and their application in a broader social context, and analyse the social implications and ethical issues that may potentially arise in the course of developing scientific knowledge.

Classes
part a: lecture/seminars 4hr/week for 3 weeks, in which all students participate, followed by two modules, part b (human ethics) and part c (animal ethics), from which students select one; each module comprises 8 hours of workshops over 1-2 weeks

Assessment
essay (40%), presentation (20%), final exam (40%)

Assumed knowledge
Successful completion of a Science major.

Pre-requisites

144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A

Prohibitions

HSBH3004 or HPSC3107

Details

Faculty: Science

Intensive March

17 Feb 2020

Department/School: History and Philosophy of Science Academic Operations
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 13 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Honours
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Science

Intensive August

20 Jul 2020

Department/School: History and Philosophy of Science Academic Operations
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 07 Aug 2020
Unit of study level: Honours
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof Hans Pols
HECS Band: 1
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