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Teaching a Course on Ethics in Nanoscience

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One of the major themes of our NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering is teaching students ethics as it relates to nanotechnology. For this purpose we created a new course “Ethics in Nanoscience.” The course was co-designed and taught by two of the PIs on the NUE grants, one with the specialization in ethics and emerging technologies, and the other in nanoscience and technology. The course consisted of three discussion topics, one case study and one workshop. The discussion topics introduced the basic science behind nanotechnology and several prominent theories of ethics and risk and benefit analysis. Students used this information for two case studies. A concluding workshop provided an opportunity for the students to listen to, discuss and interact with experts in the fields of ethics in nanoscience.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2013

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