Module code: 6EVBI001W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 6
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.
This module aims to explain how multiple frameworks can be used in making ethical decisions. You will then apply this knowledge and understanding to analyse and effectively present the arguments from all sides of ethical debates for a range of major dilemmas arising from developments in science and technology. The module will explore current issues each year, but examples which illustrate the range of ethical principles and arguments include debates on environmental ethics, the use of animals in medical research, genetic investigation and manipulation of man, the new reproductive technologies, and the ending of life (including abortion and euthanasia).
By the time you complete the module you will be able to evaluate the positions and rationales for a specified bioethical dilemma, identifying the underlying philosophical premises, and construct and orally present a bioethical argument succinctly and clearly in class debate. You will also be able to listen to a debate and then prepare a commentary that identifies and critiques the bioethical arguments used, and explain why it is important for scientists to consider the ethical dimensions of all they do.
Teaching and learning will involve a combination of lectures, student debates in seminars, and tutorials; assessment will be based on your individual portfolio, and your performance in at least three debates.
This module will only be available from 2017/18 academic year.