Course Details

Ethics and Law in STEM-Related Fields

Professionals across science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) fields encounter ethical and moral questions in their everyday work. These questions can sometimes be obvious and at other times subtle. Recognizing and reasoning through these complex questions requires careful balancing of the ethical and legal dimensions with business and individual interests and the public good all while furthering the goals of scientific inquiry and innovation. This course will explore moral and legal foundations to carefully approach and navigate the critical questions that STEM professionals may encounter. Topics will include professional and social responsibility, duties of legal professionals, corporate social responsibility, reliability and risks in complex systems, ethics of emerging technologies, ethical and legal issues in research and innovation and the tension between individual rights and the power to regulate for the public health. Grading will be based on some short written assignments, and a final project/paper.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 910-0
Additional Course Information: Course required for MSL degree,  MSL students only


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Ethics and Law in STEM-Related Fields
Faculty: Talati, Erin D
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 30     Actual: 11

Spring 2017
Title: Ethics
Faculty: Muchman, Wendy J. (courses | profile)
Foster, Mary K. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 50     Actual: 32

Summer 2016
Title: Ethics
Faculty: Talati, Erin D
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 15     Actual: 11

Spring 2016
Title: Ethics
Faculty: Muchman, Wendy J. (courses | profile)
Foster, Mary K. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 24     Actual: 18

Spring 2015
Title: Ethics
Faculty: Silver, Carole (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 25     Actual: 20