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Laura J. Harkewicz
VALUES 291
Seattle Campus

Ethical Issues in the Non-Medical Sciences

Provides an introduction to ethics and research ethics issues in the non-medical sciences. Possible topics include: publication and peer review, intellectual property, and the social responsibilities of scientists.

Class description

In this course, we will explore the ethics of science and scientific research with an emphasis on the non-medical sciences. This course will provide a foundation for thinking about and recognizing the ethical dimensions of a variety of issues. We will become familiar with current ethical debates in a range of scientific fields. Topics will include: misconduct in research, conflicts of interest and scientific objectivity, publication and peer review, intellectual property, and ethical decision making. Students will engage these issues with the help of philosophical tools, apply these tools to case studies, and be challenged to think broadly about the role of scientists in society as well as learn how to critically assess the ethical consequences of science for humankind. TEXT: Responsible Conduct of Research, Adil E. Shamoo and David B. Resnik.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 11/01/2012