Course code BIO340

BIO340 Bioethics

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Course responsible: Deborah Helen Oughton
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
A minimum of 5 students must sign up for the course in order for it to be held. Maximum number of students is 20.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, .
Course frequency: Annually. Not offered in 2017.
First time: 2003H
Preferential right:
PhD students and Master students in bio- and gene technology
Course contents:

Lectures will be held intensively for the first week of the course with the following topics: 1: Legislation. 2: Risk assessment and consequence analyses. 3: Ethics and ethical evaluations. During the rest of the course, the students will write a semester assignment on a subject of their own choice.

The course is under consideration. Not offered in 2017.

Learning outcome:


Students should get acquainted with the legislation in the field and know the central participants that researchers work with. Since the legislation requires consequence and risk evaluation as well as ethical argumentation, this must also be known to the students. 


Students are to be capable of holding a discussion on the ethical and social consequences of the use of modern biotechnology in the way it is required in cases of applications for exposing or performing field experiments on genetically modified organisms or for conducting clinical research on genetic engineering.

General competence:

Students should be acquainted with the methods used, the application and possibilities, conflicts of interests, and the discussion about science and politics related to this issues. The students should therefore have an understanding of the rationale behind the legislation and the application of the relevant acts. 

Learning activities:
Lectures, discussions and semester assignment. In the semester assignment, the students are to document knowledge from the course through an ethical evaluation of the application of biotechnology or genetic engineering.
Teaching support:
The students will get individual supervision from the course responsible.
International articles which change from year to year will be useful background knowledge for the semester assignment.
General bio- and gene technology or solid competence in general biology.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in lectures is compulsory.
Semester assignment.
Nominal workload:
Structured lectures: ca. 30 hours. The students" own contributions in the form of semester assignment writing: ca. 120 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures and discussions: 20 - 30 hours.

This course is not offered in 2017.

Registration to Sissel Rogne before 1. December. If the students want the course to be held in English, they should notify the course responsible in advance.

An examiner will be used for evaluating the semester assignment.
Examination details: Term paper: Bestått / Ikke bestått