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WGS Ethics and Animal Sciences (0.8 ECTS)

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)
Date

Tue 8 November 2022 until Wed 9 November 2022

Duration 2 days
Venue Leeuwenborch, building number 201

Course description

As a future scientist in the life sciences, it is important that PhD students have an insight into the debates around the relationship between human beings, animals, and nature, to understand their meaning and to learn to participate in these debates.
This course will provide students with a systematic overview of the key topics of animal and environmental ethics. Specific attention is given to the ethical assessment of animal experiments and the tension between individualist animal ethics and collectivist environmental ethics. Attention is also given to the cultural background of normativity and the ethical aspects of the PhD students’ own research projects.

Course objectives

The objectives of this course is to train ethical reflection and to gain knowledge about debates in animal and environmental ethics. Moreover, the PhD students should be able to place their own research in a broader societal context and be able to justify their own normative position.

Learning goals: After completing this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Give a schematic overview of the key topics in animal and environmental ethics;
  • Assess and evaluate the arguments within current debates about our treatment of animals and the environment;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the differences between environmental ethics and animal welfare ethics.
General information
Target Group PhDs, postdocs, WUR staff and non-WUR participants
Course level General, post-graduate
Group size A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 participants
Course duration 2 days and given 3 times per year
Language English
Credit points 0.8 ECTS
Name lecturer Bernice Bovenkerk
Programme
Day 1 10.00-12.30 Introduction Animal Ethics
13.30-17.15 Introduction Environmental ethics
Day 2 10.00-11.00 Culture and Ethics
11.00 -12.30 Ethics in the PhD projects of the participants
13.30- 17.15 Animal Experimentation Committee

Fee

1) Reduced fee: WUR PhD candidates TSP and postdocs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK) €110

2) University fee: All other PhD candidates / postdocs as well as staff of Wageningen University €220

3) External fee: All other participants€ 360,-

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

Until four weeks before the start of the course, you can cancel free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the “University Fee”. Unless:

  •  You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged a €50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhD’s and post-docs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (circumstances beyond your control). In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation. 

 Information: For more information please contact WIAS, wias@wur.nl