University of Lübeck / Summer Terms
Master programs in Infection Biology, Molecular Life Sciences and Medizinische Ingenieurwissenschaft

Module No. PS4620-IB:Ethics in Sciences
Teaching faculty:Prof. Dr. Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
Course venue:

Institut für Medizingeschichte und Wissenschaftsforschung, Königstraße 42, Lübeck / Innenstadt

Draft Program

3 June, 9.00 - 16.00
Day 1: Are there characteristics of infectious diseases that raise special ethical issues?

Please read chapter 2 in Selgelid et al. 2006: „Are there characteristics of infectious diseases that raise special ethical issues?“ (pdf is provided); discussion of this text Basics of ethics and bioethics – on the basis of a case discussion. Distribution of topics for short talks and papers Readings for day 2

Ethical Issues of Infection Diseases Chapter 2

24 June, 9.00 - 16.00
Day 2: Human experimentation and global health

Ethics of human experimentation and clinical research Global health, climate change and environmental ethics 6 presentations by participants Readings for day 3

8 July, 9.00 - 16.00
Day 3: Scientists’ social role and responsibility

Dual use research, biosafety, bioterrorism Additional issues in research ethics: Animal experimentation: ethical, psychological and legal aspects; research with human embryos and embryonic stem cells; biopatenting: modified organisms, drugs and genes 6 presentations by participants Readings for day 4

15 July, 9.00 - 16.00
Day 4: Vaccination and Enhancement

Where to draw a line between vaccination and human enhancement? Is there a duty to vaccinate? Should we genetically „edit“ (=improve) human embryos? Restricting liberties to make humans healthier? - Moral limits of health politics 6 presentations by participants Conclusions: key issues for an ethics of infectious disease

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