Universität Wien

270177 VO+SE Ethics in Natural Sciences (2021S)

4.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 27 - Chemie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German



Takes place on Wednesdays from 16:00 to 18:15h online.
The last date will be Wed 30 June 2021.
Face-to-face classes prohibited unfortunately. Therefore, we communicate via Moodle with the "Collaborate" program.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Understanding basic ethics and philosophy of natural science, and applying them in research activity. Increasing knowledge on theory, conduct and communication of science. Applying ethics to "scientific practice" and "S&T assessment". Learning concepts of "responsibility" and "sustainability" in S&T. Acquiring skills for interdisciplinary normative discourse. The overall objective of this course is to contribute to a more "complete" education of young researchers and scientists as important enactors of progress and influential decision-makers in the future. It shall provide them with the skills to reflect on and deal with the major contemporary challenges in society and environment with a higher degree of sustainability.

Assessment and permitted materials

Collaboration, oral presentations, oral exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

100 points can be achieved. These are divided into:
- Cooperation: 40 points
- Oral presentation: 60 points
- or oral final test: 60 points

The scores are awarded according to the following scheme:
- 1 (very good): 100 - 91 points
- 2 (good): 90-81 points
- 3 (satisfactory): 80-71 points
- 4 (sufficient): 70-61 points
- 5 (insufficient): 60-0 points

Examination topics

Science conduct, logic and theory of natural science, experimentation, writing publications, social impact of natural scientific activity.

Reading list

Script, original literature

Association in the course directory


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