Biomedical Sciences and Society


Course Objective

Gaining knowledge and insight into:
- The societal context of biomedical sciences
- The relevance of biomedical sciences for society
- Using public opinion/views/norms/values in biomedical sciences
- The complex relationships between science, technology, and society
- Social scientific research into the ethical and societal aspects of
science and technology
- The scientific system, basic principles of science communication, and
science and technology in the media

Applying knowledge and insights by:
- Analyzing new developments in the biomedical sciences
- Developing skills with regard to:
- Executing and writing a desk study
- Working in teams
- Writing a scientific report and presenting

Course Content

In this course, we study the relationships between science, technology,
and society. The first part of the course is dedicated to contemporary
and future technological developments and their ethical and societal
implications. Based on examples we disentangle the complexities of
science and technology in our modern society. We look at the scientific
system, rules and regulations, evaluation of science and technology,
science communication, and science and technology in the media. During
week 2, there will be an exam.

During the second part of the course, knowledge gained during the first
part will be applied in a group research project. Guided by coaches and
master students from a parallel course, students execute a desk study
and work on a specific case in the context of biomedical sciences. The
project results in a report and a presentation during the final week of
the course.

Teaching Methods

Part 1 of the course:
3 lectures of +/- 2 hours each.
3 work groups of +/- 4 hours each (mandatory!)
In week 2, there will be a written exam.

Part 2 of the course:
1 lecture
daily work groups of +/- 2 hours each (mandatory!)

IMPORTANT NOTE: As the project groups will be formed during the course
and as they are supervised by MA students from a parallel course, it may
be that students' personal roster does not match the actual course
roster. Please check Canvas in time, to receive important notifications
about your roster.

Method of Assessment

Written exam: 40%
Project: 60% (incl. 70% report, 20% presentation, and 10% peer
Students have to pass both the exam and the project in order to pass the


See Canvas

Target Audience

Mandatory for all 2nd year students Bsc Biomedical Sciences

General Information

Course Code AB_1011
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. E. de Hoop
Examiner dr. E. de Hoop
Teaching Staff J.E.M. Vermeulen MSc
A.A.L.M. Heltzel

R. van der Velde MSc
J.W. Schuijer
N.S. Goedhart

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Study Group*, Lecture

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

Target audiences

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