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PHIL 337 Ethics for the Sciences

Philosophical exploration of ethical issues in the non-medical sciences, including topics such as intellectual integrity, responsible conduct of research, protection of human subjects, ethics of animal experimentation, and the social responsibilities of scientists. Credit will be granted for only one of ISCI 433 or PHIL 337.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


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PHIL 337 001Lecture2 Mon Wed16:0017:30

Scientific research has an impact on all of us, and on every aspect of our lives. This course will provide a general introduction to ethics issues that are raised by the (non-medical) social and natural sciences. It is organized around three central questions: what counts as responsible conduct of research (RCR)?; who is accountable for the social and environmental impacts of research?; and what role do social values play in scientific practice? This course is intended for students in the social and natural sciences, as well as in Philosophy. It has no prerequisites but if you have taken ISCI 433 you cannot take this course for credit.


Requirements include discussion posts, in-class participation and quizzes (40%), a group presentation (10%), two short essays (25%), and a final exam (25%).