Bio-ethics for Life Scientists
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-FFIL203B
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Institute for Science, Innovation and Society;
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.A.M. Drenthen
Other course modules lecturer
L. Landeweerd
Other course modules lecturer
L. Landeweerd
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2017
KW4  (16/04/2018 to 02/09/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedure-
  • the student should be familiar with different approaches in bioethical theory (deontology, utilitarism, theory of justice)
  • the student should be able to apply these ethical theories to relevant cases in modern life sciences
  • the student should be able to take an argued position in ethical debates about these issues
  • the student should be able to use a method for ethical deliberation to make an ethical analysis of a concrete case history.
This course offers an introduction to the field of bioethics for biosciences students. Students are introduced into the nature of bioethics and ethical theory. Next, we will discuss a broad range of bioethical issues relating to people, animals, plants, environment, and the practice of bioscience research. The focus is on developing the students' power of reasoning and judgment in ethical debates and discussion.
This course will be taught in English.
For this course, is a maximum number of participants of 28 students.
Texts will be provided

Teaching formats

• 2 hours guided group project work
• 16 hours guided individual project work
• 16 hours lecture
• 50 hours individual study period

Additional comments
Students who wish to follow this course have to SIGN UP AT LEAST 4 WEEKS BEFORE THE START OF THE COURSE.

• Attendance is mandatory, absence at the first meeting means that you cannot paricipate to this course
• Students have to apply for this course via Blackboard, at least 4 weeks before the start of the course.
• Maximum number of applicants: 32
• This course can be substituted by other advanced philosophy courses (see the courses on offer from the philosophy department.)

• Ethics of animal experimentation
• Dealing with human test subjects
• Patenting life?
• Human enhancement
• Genetically modifying animals
• Ethics of species de-extinction

Test information
The examination and grading of the course is partly based on oral presentations and participation in class discussions. In addition, students will be asked to write an paper in which they apply the various ethical approaches to a particular case in life sciences.Attendance is mandatory, absence at the first meeting means that you cannot paricipate to this course

Recommended materials
Texts will be provided

Instructional modes
Course occurrence


Attendance MandatoryYes


Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4