Ethics in the Sciences and technics (sem)

lfilo2003e  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Ethics in the Sciences and technics (sem)
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
2 credits
15.0 h + 15.0 h
Pence Charles; Rezsohazy René (coordinator);
Basic instruction in the philosophy of natural science and in ethical reflection ; Reading knowledge of English sufficient to allow for study of contemporary texts in philosophy of Nature and philosophy of natural science.
Main themes
The course will consist of a philosophical analysis of techno-scientific practices along parallel tracks.
- It will examine the societal dimensions of techno-scientific practice, and introduce the fundamental concepts of the sociology of science as well as movements related to " Sciences, technologies, societies " .
- It will also portray the ethical dimension of scientific practices, within the multiple dimensions of the techno-scientific sphere. The course will have two parts:
  • In the first, theoretical part it will provide an introduction to basic concepts in the sociology of science and the fundamental concepts of the ethical approach to science and technology.
  • The second part will analyze case studies chosen each year.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to :
  • analyze contemporary techno-scientific practices
  • distinguish the social and ethical significance of these practices

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [60] in Physics

Master [60] in Geography : General

Master [120] in Data Science : Statistic

Master [120] in Statistic: Biostatistics

Master [120] in Biology of Organisms and Ecology

Master [60] in Chemistry

Master [120] in Geography : Climatology

Master [120] in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology

Master [120] in Mathematics

Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Master [120] in Physics

Master [120] in Statistic: General

Master [120] in Chemistry

Master [60] in Biology

Master [120] in Geography : General

Master [60] in Mathematics