Is there research that scientists shouldn’t do? (Course)

PHIL 200: Topics in Philosophy: Research Ethics

T/Th 11:30-12:50 plus Friday quiz section (11:30-12:20 or 12:30-1:20)
5 credits
I&S/Optional “W” credit

Is there research that scientists shouldn’t do?

  • Are scientists responsible for harm caused by their research?
  • What role do (or should) social values play in science?
  • Can risks to animal or human subjects can be justified in the name of science?
  • What does scientific fraud teach us about research integrity?
  • How do scientists navigate the conflicting demands of funding agencies, industry, stakeholders, and their own research communities?
  • Should scientists play an active role in policy debates that depend on the results of their research?

Every aspect of our lives is affected by scientific research. Most of us will be research subjects at one time or another; all of us are affected by science-based policies; our everyday-lives have been transformed by the results of scientific research – in good and bad ways.