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Philosophy of Science, Ethics and History of Biology
(dt. Wissenschaftstheorie, Ethik und Geschichte der Biologie)

Level, degree of commitment Profile module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Seminar „Wissenschaftstheorie, Ethik and Geschichte der Biologie“ (2 SWS) recitation class „Wissenschaftstheorie, Ethik and Geschichte der Biologie“ (2 SWS),
180 hours (seminar: 20 h recitation class: 20 h private study inkl. Vorbereitung and Ablegen der Prüfungen: 140 h)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Presentation or written assignment
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Biologie.
Two semesters,
each semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Bölker


In the seminar

Introduction to basic ethical positions; outlines of the history of biology; special applications of the philosophy of science (model and modeling, explanation, structure of functional and historical theories); philosophy of science as critique of science.

In the exercise.

Relationship of the natural sciences to each other; critical understanding of scientific justifications; special applications of philosophy of science (model and modeling, explanation, structure of functional and historical theories); philosophy of science as critique of science; historical development of central biological theories (evolution, genetics, ecology, morphology).

Qualification Goals

Interdisciplinary overview of the basic forms of modern philosophy of science; introduction to basic ethical positions; basic outlines of the history of biology; basic knowledge of general epistemology and philosophy of science; responsibility in the modern sciences; principles and results of the development of knowledge. The module provides qualifications suitable for all professional fields in the field of organismic and molecular biosciences, especially with regard to their ethical relevance and public perception.


Translation is missing. Here is the German original:

Mindestens 30 LP aus den Basismodulen


Module imported from B.Sc. Biologie.

When studying B.Sc. Mathematics, this module can be attended in the study area Minor subject Biology.

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