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SX3006: BIOETHICS (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:36

Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to ethical thinking in relation to biological topics.  Many of the issues discussed have relevance to the everyday lives of the general population, and students are encouraged to take an active role in the course.

Teaching by staff from across the University gives a diverse range of topics and viewpoints.

Discussion sessions allow exchange of thoughts and opinions with both staff and peers on the course which give the opportunity to experience different ideas and take part in debate on controversial issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Cath Dennis

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will explore the concept of ethical thinking in relation to the pursuit of science, particularly relating to biological issues. The nature of science, its role in culture and society, ethics and ethical debate will be considered. The view will be taken that scientists cannot distance themselves from the wider implications of their work.

Students will be introduced to frameworks for thinking about issues in different ways and from different points of view.  Formal sessions will be focussed on particular bioethical issues, however students will be encouraged to apply the material presented more generally in terms of their own lives and experiences​.   Students will be expected to thoroughly prepare for each formal meeting of the class.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

Available to students in Years 3 & 4 only.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: A timed writing exercise (50%); a single reflective summary (20%); 15 min group presentation (30%).

Resit: Resubmission of coursework.

Formative Assessment

Structured discussion sessions during class time will allow opportunity for peer-feedback. Scheduled report workshops will allow further opportunity and also for feedback from academic staff.


Students will receive written feedback on all summative assessment exercises. Students will also have opportunity to give and receive peer-feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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