Science and Technology Studies


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Ethical issues of science and technology covering core ethical theories, alongside at least nine current cases, which are selected by agreement among the students every year.

Science and Ethics

Much of the teaching is discussion-based, with students analysing their chosen cases using the ethical theories. Students are assessed by written work, and they are encouraged to develop that on the case they personally choose, in discussion with the tutor. No prerequisites.

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Course Objectives:

By the end of this module:

  • Students will be able to explain and evaluate five key philosophical ethical theories.
  • Students will be able systematically to explore and discuss ethical issues arising in the sciences.
  • Students will be able to express and defend ethical views.
  • Students will be able to write philosophically cohesive essays, where ethical theories are explained, applications explored, and arguments for each critically evaluated.
  • Students will have improved their ability to find and critically evaluate the reliability of sources.

UCL Module Catalogue: Science and Ethics (HPSC0017)