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19165-01 - Vorlesung: Einführung in die angewandte Nano-Wissenschaftsethik 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Roberto Andorno (roberto.andorno@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This seminar is designed as an introduction to ethics, with a focus on the ethical principles that are relevant to scientific research and, more specifically, to nanosciences and nanotechnologies. It aims to provide students with a set of criteria for handling ethical dilemmas, to facilitate the understanding of legal and human rights principles relating to science and technology, to explore the ethical issues raised by nanosciences and nanotechnologies, to raise awareness about Swiss and international guidelines on scientific integrity, and to offer a room for free discussion on cases of scientific misconduct.
The topics to be addressed during the seminar include:
1. Ethics as practical rationality. The good as goal of the moral action. The elements of the moral action. The importance of intention. Factors limiting moral responsibility. Overview of main ethical theories. Universalism and relativism.
2. Ethics and law. Interaction. Similarities and differences. The common good as goal of the legal system. Human dignity and human rights. The right to life. The right to health. The right to privacy. The right to science.
3. Sustainable development. Intergenerational justice: the duties to prevent harm to present and future generations, and to preserve the environment.
4. Assessing risk. The precautionary principle. History. Conditions for its application. Examples of precautionary measures.
5. Ethical issues in nanosciences and nanotechnologies (nanoethics). Dilemmas in nanomedicine: the potential toxicity of nanomaterials; the gap between diagnosis and therapy; privacy and confidentiality issues; the challenge of human enhancement.
6. Dual use dilemmas: the responsibility of scientists and society. Scientific integrity. Famous cases of scientific misconduct. Fabrication and falsification of data, plagiarism, conflicts of interest. Publication ethics.
7. Biomedical research. Ethical requirements. Nuremberg Code. Helsinki Declaration.
Literatur I. General
• Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. Available at: http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.html
• Pieper, Annemarie, Einführung in die Ethik. 7th ed. Tübingen: Francke Verlag, 2017.
• Seebauer, Edmund D., Barry, Robert L., Fundamentals of Ethics for Scientists and Engineers, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
• Macrina, Francis, Scientific Integrity. An Introductory Text with Cases, Washington: ASM Press, 2014.
II. Nanoethics
• EU Commission, A code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies, 2008. At:
• Gordijn, Bert and Cutter, Anthony Mark (eds.), In Pursuit of Nanoethics, Dordrecht: Springer, 2013.
• Ten Have, Henk (ed.), Nanotechnologies, Ethics and Politics, Paris, UNESCO, 2007.
III. Guidelines on scientific integrity
University of Basel
• Regulation regarding scientific integrity, 2018.
In German: https://www.unibas.ch/de/Forschung/Forschen-in-Basel/Werte-Grundsaetze.html
In English: https://www.unibas.ch/en/Research/Research-in-Basel/Values-and-Principles.html
Swiss Academies of Sciences
• Code of conduct for scientific research, 2021.
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
• Regulations on scientific misconduct, 2016.
European Science Foundation (ESF)
• European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, 2017.
Bibliography on specific topics will be recommended individually, upon student request.

Bibliography on specific topics will be recommended individually, upon student request.
Bemerkungen Ehemaliger Titel der Vorlesung: Einführung in die Angewandte Ethik für Studierende der Nanowissenschaften
The seminar is structured in seven sessions of 2.5 hours each taking place on Mondays every two weeks on the following days:

Monday 13.3.2023
Monday 20.3.2023
Monday 27.3.2023
Monday 17.4.2023
Monday 24.4.2023
Monday 8.5.2023
Monday 22.5.2023

Sessions combine lectures by the instructor, presentations by participants, individual and small group practical exercises, and large group discussions.

Weblink http://ibmb.unibas.ch/teaching/


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
14-täglich Montag 16.15-18.30 Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.193


Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 27.02.2023 16.15-18.30 Uhr Fasnachstferien
Montag 13.03.2023 16.15-18.30 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.191
Montag 20.03.2023 16.15-18.30 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.193
Montag 27.03.2023 16.15-18.30 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.193
Montag 17.04.2023 16.15-18.30 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.193
Montag 24.04.2023 16.15-18.30 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.193
Montag 08.05.2023 16.15-18.30 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.193
Montag 22.05.2023 16.15-18.30 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.193
Module Basismodul (Teil A) (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Basismodul (Teil B) (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Doktorat Bio- und Medizinethik: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach: Bio- und Medizinethik)
Modul: Biomaterials Science and Nanotechnology (Masterstudium: Biomedical Engineering)
Modul: Image-Guided Therapy (Masterstudium: Biomedical Engineering)
Wahlbereich Bachelor Nanowissenschaften: Empfehlungen (Bachelorstudium: Nanowissenschaften)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung • Attendance
• Active participation in the discussion
• 20 minutes presentation

Grading pass/fail
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anm.: Belegen Lehrveranstaltung; Abm.: stornieren
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, studiendekanat-philnat@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik