S4002 Law, ethics and philosophy of science

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 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)
Mgr. Bc. Michal Koščík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. MgA. Jakub Míšek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Matěj Myška, Ph.D. (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 9. 12. 10:15–15:15 A35-211, Tue 10. 12. 10:00–15:00 A35-211, Mon 16. 12. 10:15–15:15 A35-211, Thu 19. 12. 10:00–15:00 A35-211
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/workshop is to acquaint students with practical aspects of gaining and treating 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. cognition - how our mind works
  • 2. epistemology / methodology of science - how knowledge acquisition works
  • 3. argumentation - how the knowledge propagation and sharing works
  • 4. ethics of scientific conduct / misconduct - how the knowledge acquisition, propagation and sharing fails
  • part II. - Radim Polcak, Jakub Misek, Michal Koscik, Matej Myska
  • 1. human rights and proportionality of legal principles
  • 2. methods for solving ethically exposed legal issues
  • 3. intellectual property rights – subject, structure, introduction to copyright
  • 4. copyright - rights to publications, licensing practices, transfers in projects and research consortia
  • 5. data protection in science and research – personal data, research data
  • 6. industrial intellectual property rights in science and research – patents, utility models, specific types of rights
Teaching methods
part I. - course/workshop will be supported by PPT presentations consisting of sets of tasks to demonstrate principles and to practice them, students will also receive guidelines and extended study materials. part II. - lectures will be given using combination of hand-outs and consequent discussion on the topic.
Assessment methods
an active participation in both parts of workshop is required. to receive a grade, two seminar papers in english covering topics of part I and part II should be submitted no later than 14 days before the end of the examination period. essay for part I should comprise either analysis of research concept or of scientific misconduct. essay for part II should deal with a given topic in legal aspects of science. in a case of absence, student has to issue a letter of apology and submit two essays instead of one for the part absented.
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.
Teacher's information
part I - philosophy and ethics of science monday december 09, 10:15 - 15:15, A35/211 tuesday december 10, 10:00 - 15:00, A35/211 part II - science, ethics and law tuesday december 16, 10:00 - 14:50, A35/211 wednesday december 19, 10:00 - 14:50, A35/211 the deadline for submission of the essays for the part I is january 31.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
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