Course ObjectiveThis course:
• Provides students with knowledge of central concepts and theories in
applied philosophy and professional ethics;
• Provides students with a toolbox of ethical instruments to help
analyze moral problems related to (one's own) research in the life
sciences and beyond.
Students who have taken and successfully finished this course:
• Are able to reflect on ethical issues related to one’s own life
• Are capable of impartial and constructive deliberation concerning
ethical issues related to one’s own life science specialization;
• Can work in teams on (hypothetical) scientific or technological
developments, taking into account multiple values (amongst which
• Have acquired the necessary skills to handle ethical issues in an
accountable manner, as a professional academic beyond one's own
inclinations and prejudices;
• Have shown a respectful and accountable attitude in dealing with group
dynamics during the seminar groups and group project.
Course ContentResearchers in life sciences help generate knowledge that builds the
future of our society. Therefore, professional academics should be
accountable for their decisions, experimental designs and presentation
of results. In this course, the principles of justification will be
illustrated with cases of technology ethics, medical ethics and care
ethics. An ethical dialogue on animal research is simulated through a
role-play exercise. Finally, as a group training project, an ethical
deliberation on a developed product that is safe by its design is
prepared and executed in confrontation with another team.
Teaching MethodsEthics in the Life Sciences is a part-time course of four weeks (3
The total study time is 80 hours.
The different elements have the following study time:
• Lectures: 13 hours
• Seminar groups: 15 hours
• Group assignment: 20 hours
• Exam: 2 hour
• Group project presentation and deliberation: 3 hours
• Self study: 27 hours
Please note that attendance to the seminars is compulsory. Attendance to
the lectures is highly recommended. In our experience, relying on
self-study alone is insufficient to apply the theory of the lectures in
the assignments of the seminars, and to pass the exam.
Method of Assessment• Intellectual participation in the seminars and group project (10%)
• Multiple-choice exam (35%)
• Execution of the group project presentation and deliberation (55%)
All three elements have to be passed.
Entry RequirementsBsc Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology with profile Biological
Psychology or Neuropsychology
LiteratureAvailable on Canvas
Target AudienceCompulsory course in all former FALW Master programmes, except Health
Sciences and Neuro Sciences
Additional InformationLectures are in English, most of the seminar groups are in Dutch.
Students who don't speak Dutch will be placed in English-taught seminar
groups. Most presentations and plenary discussions are in Dutch, except
for the English-taught seminar groups.
In order to maximize the experience of differences in values and
preferences, and to increase meaningful ethical inquiry, we will
randomly assign you to seminar groups. Placement will be communicated
through Canvas one week before the course starts.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||P.R. Collard MA MSc.|
|Examiner||P. Klaassen MA|
P. Klaassen MA
dr. J.F.H. Kupper
P.R. Collard MA MSc.
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Study Group*, Lecture|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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