FI3107 - Biotechnology and Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

FI3107 reviews the ethical debate concerning both the research and application of modern biotechnology in a broad sense. Biotechnology is discussed in view of relevant ethical theories, worldviews, and central historical examples and lines of development. Relevant topics are debates concerning assisted reproduction, animal experimentation, organ donation, genetic improvement, the use of genetic information, selective abortion and euthanasia. Other issues of importance are precaution and risk assessment in relation to applications of biotechnology in agriculture and aquaculture.

Learning outcome

The students will acquire an overview of essential issues related to the development and application of modern biotechnology. They should be able to analyze these issues and to discuss and reflect on how to solve problems within this field, both orally and in writing.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, plenary discussions, group work

In order to sit the exam the students must complete an oral presentation and have 80 % attendance.

Compulsory assignments

  • One oral presentation per student
  • 80 % attendance

Further on evaluation

About the essay:
The essay topic must be approved by the course instructors.
The essay should be approx. 12 pages long in 12-point Times New Roman, 1.5-line spacing.
The essay should be based on reading of the student's own choice (100-150 pages), in addition to 200 pages of obligatory readings. The essay should be argumentative. The essay can be written in either Norwegian or English.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2019

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Philosophy
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100

Submission 2019-11-29

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100

Submission 2020-05-05

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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