BI 326 Ethics in Science
SP 2013 HO
Associate Professor of Biology
PhD Zoology, University of Arkansas, postdoc Conservation Biology/GISMS Biology, Central Washington UniversityBA Math, BS Biology, Univ. Texas at Arlington
M-W-F 9-11 AM, Tue. and Thur. 10-11 AM
14 January - 10 May, 2013
Lecture: 8:00 - 8:50
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BI 326. An examination of the complex ethical issues that arise as a result of modern science. Issues such as genetic therapy, cloning and stem cell research, death and dying, reproductive technologies, genetic privacy, and the allocation of resources will be examined. Topics that arise from the use of humans and other animals in academia and research will also be discussed. The course will include a general overview of ethical theories, moral and religious attitudes from different cultures, and the fundamental principles of scientific inquiry. 3:0:3
The instructor will attempt to create a learning environment in which established and new ideas are presented and discussed. Critical thinking will be encouraged and students will be expected to participate in discussions. All will be treated with respect.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Assignment: Paper describing all sides of an ethical issues, position taken by student, and description of ethical theories applied.
Assignment Issues1. Knowledge of main ethical theories2. Be able to do electronic and manual literature searches3. Produce an evaluative, critical, cohesive work that is philosophically sound4. Applies MLA style and satisfies other required mechanics such as length, internal documentation, correct usage of grammar
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