Ethics in the Sciences and technics

lfilo2003  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Ethics in the Sciences and technics
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
15.0 h + 15.0 h
Crucifix Michel (compensates Rezsohazy René); Jeanmart Hervé; Pence Charles (coordinator); Rezsohazy René;
Basic instruction in the philosophy of natural science and in ethical reflection ; Reading knowledge of English sufficient to allow for study of contemporary texts in philosophy of Nature and philosophy of natural science.
Main themes
The course will consist of a philosophical analysis of techno-scientific practices along parallel tracks.
- It will examine the societal dimensions of techno-scientific practice, and introduce the fundamental concepts of the sociology of science as well as movements related to " Sciences, technologies, societies " .
- It will also portray the ethical dimension of scientific practices, within the multiple dimensions of the techno-scientific sphere. The course will have two parts:
- In the first, theoretical part it will provide an introduction to basic concepts in the sociology of science and the fundamental concepts of the ethical approach to science and technology.
- The second part will analyze case studies chosen each year.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to :
- analyze contemporary techno-scientific practices
- distinguish the social and ethical significance of these practices

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Certificat universitaire en éthique économique et sociale

Master [120] en éthique

Master [60] en philosophie

Master [120] en administration publique

Master [120] en philosophie