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Science Ethics & Debates

The Science and Ethics project encourages students to consider the issues raised by scientific advances. Current topical issues will be selected from mainstream media, for example: genetically modified animals and crops, fracking, and euthanasia.


Outline of Activity

Current topical issues will be selected from mainstream media, for example: genetically modified animals and crops, fracking, and euthanasia. You will be expected to attend a workshop which will include informal discussion on the issues raised, followed by activities which will help you to formalise and evidence your arguments.

Learning Outcomes

Participation in this activity will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Take a multidisciplinary look at important, topical questions;
  • Appreciate the importance of developing and communicating evidenced-based arguments;
  • Develop their knowledge of the science, health, and/or environmental issues that underpin the motion;
  • Develop their communication and team working skills.

Assessment Details

To complete the activity, students will be expected to:

  • Attend the workshop
  • Engage with the on-line resources available in BBL
  • For the Debate:
    • Attend team meetings
    • Read background material
    • Prepare evidenced based arguments
    • Participate in the debate
  • For the School support:
    • Attend school workshop and at least one of the following:
    • Mentor one team of school pupils
    • Assess essays using a rubric
    • Provide support for the debate evening
  • Reflect on activity
  • BBL will be used to monitor engagement with the activity, and will include a team wiki, where students can add their contributions as well as a private blog for their own reflection.

Level of Commitment

30 hours to include:

Workshop

1.5 hours

Independent Study: accessing on-line resources, reading papers, and preparing documentation

14 hours

Team Working

12 hours

Debate Participation

1.5 hours

Reflection

1 hour

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