S4002 Law, ethics and philosophy of science

Faculty of Science
autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Jan Havliš, Dr. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Jan Havliš, Dr.
National Centre for Biomolecular Research - Faculty of Science
Supplier department: National Centre for Biomolecular Research - Faculty of Science
Mon 11. 12. 10:00–14:50 A35-211, Tue 12. 12. 10:00–14:50 A35-2S087, Thu 14. 12. 10:00–14:50 A35-2S087, Fri 15. 12. 10:00–14:50 A35-2S087
There are no particular prerequisites, except for at least partial practice in science and research on a level of diploma thesis.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 8 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
main objective of the course is to acquaint students with practical aspects of gaining scientific knowledge.
Learning outcomes
at the end of the course students should be able:
to better understand of the importance of methodology, ethics and law in science
to know basics and background of epistemological approaches in science
to find one's way in ethical corners of contemporary scientific conduct
to be aware of ethically exposed legal issues in science (intellectual property, copyright, data protection).
  • Part I. - Jan Havlis
  • 1. Empiricism-Cognition-Science - be aware of cognitive biases
  • 2. Epistemology in praxis - hypothesis testing, false positive/negative results
  • 3. Argumentation - induction, deduction, abduction, analogy, logical fallacies
  • 4. Ethics of science - experimental (do not fake data), publishing (do not publish faked results), financial (do not spent grant money on faking data)
  • Part II. - Radim Polcak
  • 7. Human rights and proportionality of legal principles
  • 8. Methods for solving ethically exposed legal issues
  • 9. Intellectual property rights – subject, structure, introduction to copyright
  • 10. Copyright - rights to publications, licensing practices, transfers in projects and research consortia
  • 11. Data protection in science and research – personal data, research data
  • 12. Industrial intellectual property rights in science and research – patents, utility models, specific types of rights
Teaching methods
Part I. - lecture will be supported by PPT presentation, serving also as a study material, including a set of tasks to demonstrate principles and to practice them. Part II. - lecture will be given using combination of hand-outs and consequent discussion on the topic.
Assessment methods
an active workshop participation (fulfilling upcoming tasks during the workshop) and two seminar papers covering topics in part I. (a research concept) and II (essay on a give topic in legal aspects of science).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
  • Enrolment Statistics (autumn 2017, recent)
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