LST and Society: Ethical and Professional Aspects

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WBLT022-05
Vaknaam LST and Society: Ethical and Professional Aspects
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam LST and Society: Ethical and Professional Aspects
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:

- explain and apply basic concepts and trends related to the role of science and technology in society (philosophy of science, ethics, technology and innovation studies and policy theory).
- analyze the interdependence of science (especially life science & technology) and society using concepts from philosophy of science, ethics, technology and innovation theory and policy theory.
- decide and substantiate a course of action when faced with a moral dilemma in his/her role as a professional in science as part of a broader societal context.
- clearly display findings from research in a written and oral form in cooperation with fellow students and provide feedback on papers from fellow students.
Omschrijving The course allows the students to develop a critical and responsible attitude towards their own role as a scientist and the consequences of their actions in a broader societal context. Students will be engaged into thinking about scientific and innovative practices that can address the global challenges of our time in collaborative, ethical and sustainable ways.

To understand the relations between science and society in an international society a number of basic elements from ethics, philosophy of science, technology and innovation, and policy making will be introduced. The knowledge of these basic elements is assessed with an exam. Students will practice applying these elements in (the assessment of) debates, controversies and cases related to the large societal challenges of our time, including themes such as responsible research and innovation, sustainability, and the role of science, business and policy in this. To demonstrate these aspects, an excursion to a company or policy organization is also part of this course. In a paper written in groups of four students, students have to apply the content of the course by assessing and reporting on the science and society relationship in a specific case. The primary guidance during the writing of the paper is done by teaching assistants.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures (18 hours), tutorials (14 hours), assignments (86) hours.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Written exam with open and multiple choice questions (50%). Paper written in a group of 4 students (50%))
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. B. Piersma
Docent(en) drs. S. Grooters , G.R. Kamp ,dr. H.A.J. Mulder ,dr. B. Piersma , M.J. van den Nieuwenhof-Schilstra, MSc. ,dr. M. van Rijssel , J. Zevenberg
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Reader - Syllabus LST & Society: Ethical and Professional Aspects
Entreevoorwaarden
Opmerkingen The course unit assumes that some knowledge and basic experience in skills like academic writing, presenting, finding scientific literature and collaborating are acquired in the BSc first year program and high school.

Presentation and attendance during excursion are mandatory but not part of the final grade. The presentation and assignments during tutorials won’t be graded but should be sufficient.

The grade of the exam should be minimal 5.0. The grade of the paper should be minimal 6.0. The final mark of the course must be at least a 5.5. The tutorial assignments and presentation will need a pass grade in order to get a final grade. If the student scores insufficient on the paper and/or the exam, both the exam and the paper may be resubmitted.
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