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CHEM 1170 The Ethical Scientist (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Integrity, truthfulness, and honesty are assumed to be the pillars on which the edifice of science rests, and the virtues that characterize those who practice it. Yet, despite their importance, scientists receive little or no training in the foundations of ethics. What does it mean to be an ethical scientist, and more specifically, to live a life of integrity in science? This course will employ a combination of case studies, news stories, fiction, biography, memoir, and journal-keeping to help students become aware of, and think critically about, the ethical decisions facing scientists across the full range of their career trajectories.


Instructor(s): Dennis Sardella

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13