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7AAN2013 Ethics of Science & Technology


Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Dr Matteo Mameli


  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay


  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.

Additional information: 

  • The lecture hour will be shared with students taking 6AANB027 Ethics of Science & Technology, but they will otherwise be subject to different requirements. The seminar hour will be for masters students only.
  • Students taking this module may also consider taking at least some of the following modules: 7AAN2011 Ethics, 7AAN2012 Ethics II, 7AAN2081 Political Philosophy, 7AAN2075 Philosophy of Science, 7AAN2054 Perspectives on Death & Killing, 7AAN2058 Philosophy of Medicine, 7AAN2053 Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy, 7AAN2027 Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle. 

Pre-requisites: none
Sample syllabus: 7AAN2013 module syllabus 2016-17

Science and technology – such as information technology, biotechnology, etc. – transform the world in profound ways. These transformations affect the material as well as the social and political dimensions of human life. How should we deal with these changes? Are they good or bad? Do they enhance us or do they diminish us? Are they desirable or undesirable? Are science and technology tools of liberation, development, inclusion, and affirmation? Or are they tools of oppression, corruption, exclusion, and destruction? This module will explore a variety of debates on the impact that scientific and technological developments have on human lives.

Further information

Module aims

An understanding of (a selection of) debates on the ethical or political dimensions of the impact of scientific and technological developments.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable, and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 7 module and they will be able to think critically about the role played by science and technology in human societies.

Past syllabi

7AAN2013 module syllabus 2012-13 (pdf)
7AAN2013 module syllabus 2013-14
7AAN2013 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

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The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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