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Academic year
ITS016 - Ethical and social issues in genetics and biotechnology
 
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-12 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MTS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Department: 45 - TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS


Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: LA

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0105 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

In programs

TKVOV CIVIL ENGINEERING, Year 3 (elective)
TKITE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, Year 3 (elective)
MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 

Examiner:

Docent  Ann-Sofie Axelsson
Bitr professor  Erik Bohlin


Replaces

ITS015   Ethical and social issues in genetics and biotechnology

Course evaluation:

http://document.chalmers.se/doc/9b66b022-768a-4350-96b7-8c96f9daf38d

Theme:

MTS 7,5 hec


Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

No special requirements

Aim

The aim of the course is to work with the ethical and social aspects that is a consequence of the knowledge development in genetics and biotechnology. In addition, to provide methods and tools to identify, analyze, and discuss these aspects. The student should also be able to relate the course knowledge to the future roles as an engineer.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- To apply ethical concepts and theories on the problem that arises due to the knowledge development in genetics and biotechnology.
- To absorb and use methods for structuring ethical and social problems that are a consequence of the knowledge development in genetics and biotechnology.
- To identify ethical and social dilemmas in genetics and biotechnology.
- To discuss solutions to ethical and social dilemmas in genetics and biotechnology.
- To reason about ethical and social problems in genetics and biotechnology based on literature and practical examples.

Content

The course deals with the following topics: medical ethics concerning genetic diagnosis and modifications; enviromental issues related to genetically modified (GM) foods; ethical issues related to genetical research; change in the biotech industry and medical research. The course will deal with the problem of social and etihical changes arising from advances in engineering and natural sciences.

Organisation

Lectures and seminars.

Literature

Se course homepage for current information.

Examination

An essay based on project work and a written take home examination. Grades: F, 3, 4, 5


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