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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
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This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: 2003H
PhD students and Master students in bio- and gene technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Participation in lectures is compulsory.
Structured lectures: ca. 30 hours. The students" own contributions in the form of semester assignment writing: ca. 120 hours.
Special requirements in Science
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Lectures and discussions: 20 - 30 hours.
An external examiner will be used for evaluating the semester assignment.
Examination details: Term paper: Bestått / Ikke bestått