University of Lübeck / Summer Terms
Master program Infection Biology, Molecular Life Sciences and Medizinische Ingenieurwissenschaft

Module No. PS4610 A:Ethics in Sciences
Teaching faculty:Prof. Dr. Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
Venue:Institut für Medizingeschichte und Wissenschaftsforschung, Königstraße 42, Lübeck / Innenstadt

26 May, 9.00 – 16.00 h
9 June, 9.00 – 16.00 h
16 June, 9.00 – 16.00 h
7 July, 9.00 – 16.00 h


Draft Program


Day 1: Are there characteristics of infectious diseases that raise special ethical issues?

Please read chapter 2 in Selgelid et al. 2006: „Are there characteristics of infectious diseases that raise special ethical issues?“ (pdf is provided); discussion of this text

Basics of ethics and bioethics – on the basis of a case discussion.

Distribution of topics for short talks and papers

Readings for day 2

Day 2: Human experimentation and global health


Ethics of human experimentation and clinical research

Global health, climate change, environmental impacts of disease prevention

6 presentations by participants

Readings for day 3

Day 3: Scientists’ role and responsibility


Dual use research, biosafety, bioterrorism

Animal experimentation: ethical, psychological and legal aspects; research with human embryos and embryonic stem cells; biopatenting: modified organisms, drugs and genes

6 presentations by participants

Readings for day 4


Day 4: Vaccination and Enhancement


Where to draw a line between vaccination and human enhancement? Is there a duty to vaccinate?

Should we genetically improve human embryos to make them more resistant?

Restricting liberties to make humans healthier? - Moral limits of health politics

6 presentations by participants

Conclusions: key issues for an ethics of infectious disease

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