1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 3-hour seminar per semester
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 of BIOL1102, BIOL1203
Enrolment not permitted
1 of BTEC8003, BTEC9003 has been successfully completed
Topic description

The purpose of this topic is to provide appreciation of the impact of new developments in Bioscience technology upon the law, ethics, society and the environment. The topic will consider the national and international regulatory aspects and the ethical and social aspects of: control of genetically modified organisms; cloning and reproductive technologies; stem cell therapy; clinical trials; genetic testing and protection of the environment. Through case study analysis the topic will also explore what it means to be an ethical bioscience professional.

Educational aims

Ethical and legal considerations are an integral part of the training of bioscience students.

This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with an outline of the principal regulatory regimes that operate to regulate bioscience research both nationally and internationally
  • To raise their awareness of the interface between bioscience and society
  • Allow them to understand the sources of diversity in ethical stand points, such as religion and culture and personal experience
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify all the major national regulatory regimes relevant to bioscience research and commercialisation and how these contrast with those in other countries
  2. Appreciate the role of bioscience in the community
  3. Appreciate the factors that drive a diversity of ethical opinions
  4. Adopt ethical reasoning to assume and defend a coherent position in relation to an ethical issue
  5. Demonstrate enhancement of their group work and oral presentation skills