Materials and tasks for the lesson Ethics
In this lesson, the students develop the legal and ethical foundations of stem cell research. Like participants of a scientific conference, they prepare a discussion (panel), a poster and a pitch (pitch). Topics are the own opinion finding, the legal bases, as well as the proband right.
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Four positions on the moral attitude as to when an embryo could be regarded as a human being read more ...
From the Embryo Protection Act to the Stem Cell Law - Legal Foundations of Stem Cell Research in Germany read more ...
Overview of the developmental phases and skills of a human embryo in a graphic.
Task Panel: Prepare a panel on the following question: When will an embryo be worth living for?
Task Poster: You work in two groups. A group designs a poster on "Legal framework for stem cell research in Germany". The other group designs a poster on "Patient's Protection: Questions Patients Should Ask."
Task Pitch: You work in two groups. A group prepares a pitch for a research project. The project aims to capture induced pluripotent stem cells for disease models. The other group are conference participants. They examine the project on three levels: feasibility, utility and ethics.
The lesson series is structured like a scientific conference - the pupils assume the role of a scientist. They develop the research knowledge and present it in the different formats of a conference.
Panel is called a panel discussion at scientific conferences. Experts exchange their positions on a specific topic in these discussions.
Posters are used at conferences to present research projects and results. Often there is a template for their design that conference participants use for the presentation.
A pitch is a short advertising presentation of a project. Scientists are pitching research projects to find supporters for their research projects.