|Module label||Biosciences in the Public Eye and in our Laws|
|Credit points||6.0 KP|
(3,5 SWS Supervised exercise (UE) Total workload 158h: 48h contact / 40h preparation of presentation / 70h term paper 0.5 SWS Lecture (VO) Total workload 23h: 10h contact / 13 h background research)
|Faculty/Institute||Department of Neurosciences|
|Used in course of study||
|Skills to be acquired in this module||
+ Scient. Literature
++ Social skills
+ Data present./disc.
Upon completion of this course, students
Lectures introduce the legal framework and the application procedures for experimental work with animals, humans and genetically modified organisms.
In supervised exercises, students research the ethical aspects and controversial issues of about 10 particular topics in the biosciences. They 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.
Good scientific practise and fraud
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
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.
Current law and interpretative commentaries, e.g., by the German Research Council (DFG) or the German Ethics Panel
Introductory papers aimed at lay persons, e.g. from “The Scientist” or widely respected newspapers
Problem-based, independent search for relevant scientific literature is an integral part of this module
|Languages of instruction||German, English|
|Duration (semesters)||1 Semester|
|Module frequency||annually, summer term|
|Modulart||Wahlpflicht / Elective|
|Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program|
|Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge|
|Course type||Comment||SWS||Frequency||Workload attendance|
|Seminar und Übung||2.00||SuSe||28 h|
|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
In addition, mandatory but ungraded: Regular participation during the semester is required (max 3 days of absence)