Good Chemistry - Methodological, Ethical, and Social Implications
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Owner/Developer: European Chemical Society (EuCheMS)
The MOOC course is intended to equip the attendants with competences and skills in basic research methodology and its philosophical foundations on the one hand, and in overseeing, understanding, evaluating and assessing contemporary ethical and social issues arising from scientific and technological activity and
progress on the other hand. The course is designed and planned in particular for chemistry students
and their related fields, requiring no philosophical or ethical background knowledge. The course content is strongly related to the students' daily research activity: Science conduct, logic and theory of science, experimentation, writing publications, dealing with uncertainty, social impact of scientific activity. Applying the fundamentals in philosophy of science and research ethics to the particular conduct of science and its internal and external domains of responsibility is expected to sharpen and solidify the students' awareness for the theory of research practice, their knowledge of ethics and their ability to exploit ethical thinking for the application in the social sphere science and technology as a field of human activity that impacts the quality of life of people all over the planet.
The course is currently under pilot phase and the website will soon be available.
Mooc (massive open online courses)
Optional / Voluntary
The course is intended for chemistry students, but not limited to them.
Students, Researchers, Regulators and policy-makers, Teachers and educators, Scientific officers / Project managers, Professionals (e.g. veterinarians), General public
Academia, Industry, Governmental bodies
Undergraduate, University (Bachelor), University (Master), University (Doctoral education), Postdoctoral (teaching and research), Continuing Professional Development
Partial coverage (e.g. a module)
- Chemists need to have a rough overview of the positions and arguments in the debate, so that
they are able to respond to objections (and verbal attacks) with proper and plausible arguments,
so that their credibility is maintained and their argumentation is reasonable and convincing.
- Chemists that conduct animal experiments are required by regulations and guidelines to fill out
forms in which they explain and reason their choice of study, experimental setup, animal model,
research goal, etc. It is useful to understand the ethical background of these regulations and to
gain competence in responding to such inquiries professionally and satisfyingly.
The course will be available on the EuCheMS website for all interested in taking part. Some universities will also transfer the course onto their own study programmes.
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