University of Lübeck / MA program Infection Biology / Summer term 2018

Module No. PS4610 A
Ethics in Sciences

Teaching faculty: Prof. Dr. Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

20 April, 9.15 – 16.00 h
27 April, 9.15 – 16.00 h
11 May, 9.15 – 16.00 h
25 May, 9.15 – 16.00 h


Draft Program

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

Please have a look at chapter 2 in Selgelid et al. 2006: „Are there characteristics of infectious diseases that raise special ethical issues?“ (pdf is provided); we’ll discuss this text and develop the “IB topics of interest” for our bioethics course

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

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

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

Presentations by participants Conclusions: key issues for an ethics of infectious disease

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