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BIOL3073 Bioethics Project

Module Overview

While scientific discovery may be ethically neutral, its application can raise profound ethical questions, in which there is often disagreement and misunderstanding in both the scientific community and the general public. It is therefore important to understand the basic science that lies behind the discoveries, to recognise the potential ethical dilemmas these produce, and to appreciate the reasons why people come to different ethical conclusions. This module provides opportunities to explore some bioethical issues and to develop skills in presenting these to both academic and lay audiences.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module involves the dissemination of bioethical issues to scientific and lay audiences. Understanding the science (and its inherent risks) that underpins new technologies is the first part in forming an opinion on the bioethical issues that are generated. Understanding the reasons why people reach different ethical decisions will also help students to formulate and express their own opinions on the subjects as well as communicate and defend these to a wider audience.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain and report on the underpinning science that raises bioethical issues.
  • Explain how ethical opinions on scientific developments are affected by issues such as risk, utility, worldview and the law.
  • Be able to write short reports on bioethical questions in the form of newspaper articles
  • Construct and present arguments to defend a particular bioethical outcome.


This module provides an approach to bioethics that will involve written and oral presentations, explaining the issues ton both lay and scientific audiences.

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study130
Project supervision20
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Newspaper article 40%
Oral presentation 20%
Review  ( words) 40%
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