Science & Ethics
How to Use this Video
This video gives students a sense of where ethics and science interact. It discusses questions of ethical obligations to science, to the public, and to themselves. It also mentions specific ethical considerations when dealing with humans in a hospital or clinical trial setting.
Since this video takes a more philosophical turn, it mostly considers the Knowledge Sense skills. This video features many scientists from different disciplines, so it’s pretty flexible in terms of where you might choose to put it in your lesson plans.
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Science Senses Featured in this Video
Understanding the nature of science
Understanding ethical obligations of science and scientists
Acknowledging the intersection of science and society
Activities & Lesson Plans
You may want to take a historical perspective here, and have students research ethical failures in science. How did the scientific community react? What changed?
Students can also think of examples where an ethical decision and a scientific one seem to be at odds (for example, continuing a clinical trial when the drug seems to work and the control group is dying), and discuss what they would do as different stakeholders in these decision
Iaccarino, M. 2001. Science and Ethics. EMBO Reports. 2(9):747-750.
Skloot. 2010. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Broadway Books.
White and Dennin. 2008. Chapter 6: Science, Technology and Society from Science Appreciation: Introduction to Science Literacy. (Access this OER here).
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