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2BIO021 Bioethics

Learning outcomes

A student having completed the course have the following learning outcomes:



The Student

  • has knowledge of ethic subjects
  • has knowledge of consequence and risk assessment as well as ethical argumentation 
  • has knowledge of legislation in this area and the major parties and authorities to which the researchers must relate


The Student 

  • can identify ethical challenges
  • can analyze and critically reflect on problems involving animal ethics as well as environmental ethics as related to biotechnological products, and to see them in a larger scientific context 

Course content

  • Ethics and ethical assessments
  • Risk assessment, legislation as to patenting laws in various countries
  • The Biotechnology Act and acts concerning the use of animals in research. 
  • Ethical, environmental, legal and social aspects of modern biotechnology
  • Research-based knowledge in the field
  • Legislation in the field of biotechnology, and information about which relevant major parties and authorities to which researchers must relate

Teaching and working methods

  • Lectures
  • Ethical discussions, individual and in groups
  • Term assignments. Synopses of these assignments are presented by students in short lectures to the instructors and the remaining students

Coursework requirements

Presence at 80% of scheduled classes


  • written individual 3-day home exam

The grading system is based on the letters from A-F, where E is the minimum passing grade