Teaching & Training

New Course for 2015

SPPH 581T: Science, Vales and Public Policy

What is the significance of the fact that science is not—ethnically, culturally, or by gender—representative of humanity at large? What should be done about the fact that scientific research sponsored by a funder with a financial stake in the results is more likely to draw conclusions that coincide with the interests of that funder (a phenomenon known as “sponsorship bias”)? In what sense, if any, is science “value-free,” and is value-freedom something science should strive for? How should science inform policy decisions on complex topics, such as climate change, in which scientific uncertainty is unavoidable? These are examples of current philosophical issues generated from the intersection of science, human values, and public welfare that will be examined in this course. We will examine a variety of contrasting philosophical approaches and arguments on these issues.

Instructor: D. Steel

Courses 2012 – 2013


Unit/Number Term Department & Title Instructor
COGS300 1 Cognitive Systems – P. Danielson
Understanding & Designing Cognitive Systems
SOCI382 2 Sociology – S. Cox
Sociological Methods: Qualitative Research
SOCI484 1 Sociology – S. Cox
Sociology of Health & Illness
AGRO315 2 Animal Welfare Land & Food Systems – D. Fraser & D. Weary
Animal Welfare & Ethics of Animal Use
BIOL442 2 Integrated Science – TBA
Ethics in Science
MEDG535/INDS502K 2 Medical Genetics/Independent Studies – A. Ho
Genetics & Ethics
ANSC515 2 Animal Welfare Land & Food Systems – D. Fraser & D. Weary
Overview of Animal Welfare and Animal Ethics
INDS502U  ? CAE (Independent Studies) – S. Cox
Qualitative Methods in Ethics Research