Science & Ethics


Dr. Elba Serrano

Course Description & Requirements 

Fall 2000 Hardman 202

This course will explore a variety of ethical and social issues in science and technology. Students will be asked to critically evaluate the role of the scientist in society and to become aware of the complex ethical issues facing scientists in different professions.  We will explore topics such as research integrity and scientific misconduct; conflicts of interest and of effort; the Manhattan Project; the human genome project; genetic engineering; the Tuskegee experiment; chemical and biological weapons, and, eugenics.   We will use case studies extensively throughout the course.   Emphasis will be on critical debate and written assignments.  The goal of the course is to enable each student to develop an understanding of conflicting opinions regarding science and technology and to define and refine their own ethical code of conduct based on evaluation of the arguments from differing viewpoints. 

Syllabus Textbooks
Grading system and Grades Administrative Information
Graduate Assistant: Mia Kalish Supplemental Books, Films & Web Sites

Important Dates:  
   Journal:     Sept. 26 Oct. 31     Nov. 28 Class Assignments: Sept.  5  12  19  26
   Term Paper Oct. 3 Instructions
Oct.    3  10  17  24   31
  Nov. 7 Instructions   Nov.   7  14  21  28
  Nov. 28 Instructions   Dec.   5
  Dec. 5 Instructions
 Term Paper Abstracts

                 Student Term Papers and Titles
Bill Kennedy Misconduct: Two Disciplines, too Much Power 
Mayra Lopez Somatic Gene Therapy: Focus on Cystic Fibrosis
Shannon Manuelito Non Human Primate Research
Matt Marple Ethical dilemmas regarding the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical  weapons.
Carlye Mascorro Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide:
Whose life is it, anyway?
Jason McKinney Freedom Genes
Allyson Richards To medicate or not to medicate, that is the question
Marijo Wienkers Prozac, is it the miracle drug for kids?
Ellen Zwank Who Should Own Your Genes?

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