Abstract: Class begins with a brief introduction to ethical decision making in science and principles of responsible conduct of research. Have the students read the case study scenario then lead a student discussion on the pros and cons of each option until the students reach a consensus or vote on a response. This can be repeated with a number of case studies to fit the class period. It is important to relate the different ethical issues presented in the scenarios with an undergraduate experience to solidify the connection for students.
Authors: Lance Barton, Associate Professor of Biology, Austin College
Description of Integration into Course: In this course, students are engaged in discussions of responsible conduct of research. These case studies provide examples of ethical dilemmas that students might find themselves in and do not have an obvious “correct” answer.
Course(s) used in and enrollments: BIOL 480 – Research Discussion (6 students)
Behaviors Taught: Moral Consciousness
Leadership Theories Used: None
Time Required for Activity: 90 minutes
Date Posted: June 23, 2017
Date Modified: None
Copyright and Permission to Use: This activity was originally described on the Online Research Ethics Course through the Practical Ethics Center at the University of Montana. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. The STAR program is sharing this activity with minor modifications under the same license as required by the original author.
Links to Similar Activities: None