Undergrads: Spring Course PHIL/VALUES 291 – Research Ethics

PHIL/VALUES 291: Research Ethics (TTh 1:30-2:50 plus WF quiz section).  In this course students will grapple with topics such as:

  • the role of social values in science and ideals of objectivity;
  • the rights and interests of human subjects as well as other stakeholders affected by research;
  • misconduct in research, including not only outright fraud but also more subtle forms of error and misrepresentation;
  • the ethics of publication and peer review;
  • ethical decision making about risky research: are there lines of inquiry scientists should not pursue?

The instructor is Alison Wylie. No textbook will be required – all assigned readings will be available on Canvas. Counts for I&S. Optional “W” credit.



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