Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School School of Applied Biological Science
Lecture Code L0006002 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 科学技術倫理学
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Ethics of Science and Technology
ウエムラ タカシ,ウエダ アキヒロ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Fri3-6:ABS C206
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Mainly lecture
Students will be learning critical thinking methods concerning science and technology based on the cases in the textbook. Discussions will be planned, taking everyone’s opinion of the textbook cases into account. Reports are assigned at the end of every class. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 26 : Biological and Life Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Agricultural Sciences
Eligible Students  
Keywords Applied ethics, bioethics, environmental ethics, professional ethics, critical thinking 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
We will discuss modern ethics for citizens and professionals as well as gain an understanding on the background of appropriate and new ethical practices necessary in the future scientific and technological era. The objective is for students to learn ethical thinking related to critical thinking as well as science and technology, and to examine science and technology critically. 
Class Schedule lesson1: Introduction
lesson2: Science and Technology and Ethics (1): Ethical Thinking
lesson3: Science and Technology and Ethics (2): Science and Technology Evaluation
lesson4: Science and Technology and Communication
lesson5: What is Critical Thinking?
lesson6: Critical Thinking Skill (1): From discussion identification to quality of social research
lesson7: Critical Thinking Skill (2): From decision making to meta CT
lesson8: Genetically Modified Crops: Group discussion
lesson9: Genetically Modified Crops: Precautionary approach
lesson10: Whether or not to Allow Smoking: Liberalism and paternalism
lesson11: Pros and Cons of Animal Testing: Group discussion
lesson12: Pros and cons of Animal Experiments: Kant’s  Principle / Humans as animals
lesson13: Justification for Discussing the Pros and Cons of the Atomic Bombings: Utilitarianism and The Maximin
Principle / Meta CT
lesson14: Science and Technology and Society
lesson15: Science and Technology and Summary of Ethics lectures 
Considering Science and Technology: Critical Thinking Exercise Books (Nagoya University Publishing, 2013) 
PC or AV used in
Handouts. We will use DVDs and PowerPoint. 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Carefully read the textbook and summarize your own thoughts. 
Requirements No technical knowledge is needed to take this course.
Proactively participate in discussions and short reports, as this class requires an attitude where students will need to think on their own. 
Grading Method Test(70%) Reports(30%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message I would like everyone to consider each theme thoroughly as much as time permits.  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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