Developing ethics competencies among science students at the University of Copenhagen

TitleDeveloping ethics competencies among science students at the University of Copenhagen
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBørsen, T
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number03043797
Accession Number32706463
KeywordsCase-based , COPENHAGEN , DENMARK , ENGINEERING , ethics , KOBENHAVNS , NANOTECHNOLOGY , PHILOSOPHY , Postnormal , SCIENCE , SCIENTISTS , technology , Technoscience , University
AbstractThis paper presents the work of Jerome Ravetz who, in collaboration with Silvio Funtowicz, has characterised what he calls 'postnormal science'. The purpose of this theoretical part of the paper is to describe what characterises contemporary science and to formulate which competencies contemporary scientists need to act ethically. In the second part of the paper, the author describes a course he has taught since 2005 entitled 'Philosophy of Science and Ethics' for biochemistry, chemistry and nanotechnology students at the University of Copenhagen. The course is intended to prepare its participants for postnormal knowledge production that is scientific work that is embedded in a societal context characterised by uncertainty and conflicting values systems.
NotesBørsen, T. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Center for the Philosophy of Nature and Science Studies, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Source Info: May2008, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p179; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: SCIENCE students; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: SCIENTISTS; Subject Term: NANOTECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: COPENHAGEN (Denmark); Subject Term: DENMARK; Author-Supplied Keyword: Case-based Teaching; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics Competencies; Author-Supplied Keyword: Philosophy of Science and Ethics Teaching; Author-Supplied Keyword: Postnormal Science; Author-Supplied Keyword: Technoscience; Author-Supplied Keyword: University Science Education; Company/Entity: KOBENHAVNS universitet; Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Article
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