Physics, Astronomy, Ethics, and Society

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WBPH17008
Vaknaam Physics, Astronomy, Ethics, and Society
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Physics, Astronomy, Ethics, and Society
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) 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 & politics);
2) analyze the interdependence of science (especially physics and astronomy) and society using concepts from philosophy of science, ethics, technology and innovation theory and policy theory;
3) 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;
4) 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 a number of basic elements from ethics, philosophy of science, technology and innovation, and policy making will be introduced. During various assignments 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, energy and sustainability, and the role of science and engineering in it. In a paper written in small groups, students will apply what they have learned by assessing and reporting on the science and society relationship in a specific case.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(Exam 50% (multiple choice 25% + essay question 25%), Paper (50%), assignments and presentation are awarded pass/fail. The paper and the exam should not be lower than a 5 in order to get a final grade. The tutorial assignments and presentation will need a pass grade in order to get a final grade.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. M. van Rijssel
Docent(en) dr. H.A.J. Mulder ,dr. H.J. van der Windt ,dr. M. van Rijssel , J. Zevenberg
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Syllabus `Physics, Astronomy, Ethics and Society'. Updated each year. Freely available as pdf or for on-demand printing cost at RUG repro. Science & Society Group RUG
Handouts: supplementary articles and handouts will be made available via Nestor.
Entreevoorwaarden 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.
Opmerkingen Mandatory presence is obligitary for the tutorials and presentation. Assignments are made during the tutorials. When tutorials (and thus assignments) are missed, students fail their assignment and will need to redo the assignment. Attendance of the presentation is also required. When missing the presentation, the presentation will have to be redone in order to receive a pass.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Applied Physics 2 semester II a verplicht
BSc Astronomy 2 semester II a verplicht
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BSc Mathematics and Physics (double degree) 2 semester II a keuzegroep
BSc Physics 2 semester II a verplicht