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neu730 - Biosciences in the Public Eye and in our Laws (Complete module description)
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Module label Biosciences in the Public Eye and in our Laws
Module code neu730
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
(
56h contact / 84h research for presentations / 40h term paper
)
Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Business Administration and Law (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Business Informatics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Chemistry (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Comparative and European Law (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Computing Science (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Economics and Business Administration (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Education (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Engineering Physics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Environmental Science (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Intercultural Education and Counselling (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Mathematics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Physics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Physics, Engineering and Medicine (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Social Studies (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Bachelor's Programme Sustainability Economics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Art and Media (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Chemistry (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Computing Science (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Dutch Linguistics and Literary Studies (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Economic Education (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Economics and Business Administration (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Education (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Elementary Mathematics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme English Studies (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Gender Studies (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme General Education (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme German Studies (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme History (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Material Culture: Textiles (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Mathematics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Music (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Philosophy / Values and Norms (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Physics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Politics-Economics (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Protestant Theology and Religious Education (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Slavic Studies (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Social Studies (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Special Needs Education (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Sport Science (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Technology (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Fach-Bachelor Pädagogisches Handeln in der Migrationsgesellschaft (Bachelor) > Fachnahe Angebote Biologie
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Skills Modules
Responsible persons
Köppl, Christine (Module responsibility)
Sienknecht, Ulrike (Module counselling)
Köppl, Christine (Authorized examiners)
Sienknecht, Ulrike (Authorized examiners)
Prerequisites
Skills to be acquired in this module
+ Expt. methods
+ Scient. Literature
++ Social skills
++ Interdiscipl. knowlg
+ Data present./disc.
+ Scientific English
++ Ethics

Upon completion of this course, students
  • know basic rules of good scientific practise
  • are aware of the legal framework that is relevant to biological research, e.g. on animal welfare or genetically modified organisms
  • have practised to research and summarize different viewpoints on biological research, using both scientific (peer-reviewed) and non-scientific sources
  • are able to identify and critically discuss ethical conflicts in biological research, e.g., in the context of stem cell research or data manipulation 
  • are able to prepare and give a coherent presentation in a team 
  • have practised to lead a group discussion
Module contents
In supervised exercises, students research the ethical aspects and controversial issues on several specific topics in the biosciences. Everyone participates in researching all topics. Students then take turns in summarizing and presenting each topic in small teams, and leading a critical discussion of each topic. Problem-based, independent research of the scientific background by the students is an integral part of this module.

Example topics:
Good scientific practise and fraud
Neuroenhancement
Artificial intelligence
Animal welfare, Animal experiments
Overfishing, Nature conservation
State-of-the-art genetic tools and their implications
Genetically modified organisms, e.g., in food production, chimeras
Stem cells
Humans as experimental subjects

A bonus can be obtained through active participation during the semester. Active participation requires regular oral contributions to the group discussions, that go beyond giving your own talks. 
A bonus improves the exam mark by one step (0.3 or 0.4). The bonus is optional, an exam mark of 1.0 is achievable without a bonus. A bonus cannot be applied to pass a failed exam.
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Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annually, summer term
Module capacity 18
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Fundamentals of genetics, physiology, ecology and biological systematics
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture
SuSe 0
Seminar and tutorial
4 SuSe 56
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
within a few weeks of summer term lecture period
Term paper
Regular participation during the semester is required (max 3 days of absence)