RSO-11303 Animal Science in Society


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Problem-based learning30
Course coordinator(s)ir. J Schakel
ir. W Wellbrock
Lecturer(s)ir. J Schakel
ir. W Wellbrock
prof. dr. EN Stassen
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. JSC Wiskerke

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This course focuses on the relationship and mutual influences between (agricultural) science, technology and society. The aim of this course is the analysis of and the expression of opinion (-s) in complex societal questions in the field of agricultural and technical sciences in general, with emphasis on the zoo-technical sciences. How to deal with normative questions in a scientific and technological context, as well as the responsibilities of scientists are central themes in this respect. In addition, students get insight in and experience with basic principles of ethics and will practice several methods how to deal with ethical dilemma's.

Learning outcomes:

After having followed this course, students will:
- have insight in different concepts of science and technology;
- have knowledge of the normative and cognitive content of bio-technological sciences;
- be able to position oneself vis-à-vis different ideas of science and technology;
- be able to analyse normative aspects of science and technology by means of ethical tools;
- have experience in debates on ethical issues.


- lectures;
- participation in discussion & working groups;
- analysis of current societal problems;
- writing and presenting a group paper;
- writing an individual essay.


Evaluation of essay, presentation, group paper and written examination.


Study guide and reader.

Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBScA: Terrestrial Animals5MO