Medical Technology and Society

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBBE020-05
Vaknaam Medical Technology and Society
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Medical Technology and Society
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) to map the interwovenness of scientific, technological and social changes in different domains in health care.
2) give a weighted contribution to ethical discussions about medical techniques or domains in health care.
3) reflect on the responsibility of their own professional group in dealing with moral and social changes in health care
4) discern, describe, explain and apply principles and guidelines from medical ethics and research ethics.
5) gain insight into the social and moral implications of technology in a care setting with the help of literature and field
research and use philosophical frameworks and being able to apply this.
6) Identify ethical aspects of the use of medical techniques
7) To distinguish and describe the most important scientific-philosophical theories
8) Making his / her convictions transparent in discussions and oral presentation.
9) Being open to the convictions of others and being able to weigh up the accompanying arguments.
Omschrijving In this course students become acquainted with health care as a social field and with the ethical questions that play there. A lot of
science and technology is used in health care. The first objective of this science and technology is to improve the health status of
people. However, technology is not neutral. Reproductive technology, for example, can help infertile couples, while at the same time
it can promote the medicalisation of wanting to have children. Every deployment of technology carries a moral script that is
strengthened or counteracted by social and cultural circumstances. In the course, the assumptions, scenarios and values ​​in
specific areas, such as paediatrics, end of life, genetics, will be examined. In addition, attention is paid to philosophical questions
such as 'what is science', and 'how much certainty can we provide'? Furthermore, explicit attention is paid to research with people
and regulations in this regard. All this in the context of what are good moral arguments.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures 14 h (mandatory), tutorials 2h (mandatory), presentation 6 h, self study 118 h)
Toetsvorm Meerkeuze toets (MC), Presentatie (P)
(50% MC, 50% presentation. Both presentation and MC exam must be higher than 5.5.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. E.L.M. Maeckelberghe
Docent(en) Gastdocent(en) ,dr. E.L.M. Maeckelberghe
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Selection of articles avaliable in Nestor
Entreevoorwaarden Prior knowledge: Basic knowledge of the disciplines in the LS&T Major Biomedical Technology.

Biology and Life Science & Technology (old curriculum) course units are only accessible for students of those degree programmes. Students from other degree programmes who would like to participate in Biology course units are obliged to contact one of the academic advisors before registration. After this contact, students have to request admission from the Board of Examiners Biology/Life Science & Technology. Failing to follow this procedure results in immediate unenrollment without prior notification.
Opmerkingen All sessions must be attended.
Non-attendance must be reported. Consequences for non-attendance: extra assignments.

The course unit prepares for and provides skills usable in the course unit in the Master programma 'Technology and the Ethics of research'.
Due to overlap, Medical Technology & Society can not be included in the same Bachelor's degree program as Science, Ethics,
Technology and Society (WLB07023). Students who wish to transfer from BMT to another major should contact the Examination

Guest lecturer: R.W. van der Molen.

Dit vak had vorig jaar vakcode WLB07054
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc LS&T: major Biomedical Engineering (cohort 2018 and 2019) 2 semester II b verplicht