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PHIL 337 001 (Web-Oriented Course)

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

Location: Vancouver

Term 2 (Jan 11, 2021 to Apr 14, 2021)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): January 22, 2021


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : January 22, 2021
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
March 12, 2021

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
2 Mon Wed16:0017:30
Instructor: WYLIE, ALISON


Seat Summary
Total Seats Remaining:81
Currently Registered:9
General Seats Remaining:81
Restricted Seats Remaining*:0
-  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%).
-  This course will meet remotely, using the Canvas online meeting functions. Discussion is an important component of this class, so students are encouraged to attend synchronously. However, class lectures (primarily on Mondays) will be recorded when presented and made available for viewing asynchronously. Group presentations by students (primarily on Wednesdays) will be recorded as well if presented synchronously in class, although presenting groups will have the option of recording them in advance for asynchronous viewing. Discussion sessions will be built into both weekly class meetings and supplemented by online discussion posts. Please contact the instructor to explore asynchronous options if synchronous attendance will be difficult.

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
Tapestry of Values Required ELLIOTT 9780190260811
Vitalsource Etext Rental : Tapestry of Values (180 Day) ELLIOTT / VITALSOURCE / 9780190260835