- Code PHIL2126
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Policy Studies, Science, Science Communication, Ethics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Rachael Brown
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2022
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Perhaps now more so than in any other time in human history, science and technology play a central role in our lives. With this comes the potential for both great benefit to society, and great harm. This unit critically examines the nature of science, and its role in society via a mixture of discussion and written activities. Using various real-world examples, such as climate change, COVID-19, cloning, genetic engineering, space exploration and animal testing, the following ethical and philosophical questions will be considered: (1) What is science?; (2) What sort of research should we be doing in science?; (3) Who should decide what research we undertake?; (4) What role should science and scientists play in society?; and (5) What ethical responsibility do scientists have to society?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and articulate the key philosophical issues relating to the role of the sciences in contemporary society.
- Engage in philosophical discussion and debate on the various issues relating to the appropriate place of science in society.
- Critically assess arguments about the appropriate place of science in society.
- Clearly articulate their own position with respect to contemporary real world debates about science in society.
- Essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Short writing exercise, 750 words (10) [LO 2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Journal 1500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 12 hours of recorded material from lecturer
b) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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No prescribed texts are required. All material provided on Wattle.
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