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On being a Scientist, part 1





Science and in particular the natural sciences play an integral part in our society. However, due to incidents concerning integrity the societal credit has diminished.
This course is designed to inform bachelor students on topics as scientific integrity and social responsibilities of scientist. Broad questions, which are inseparable linked to these topics are discussed. Namely regarding the nature of science and the societal role it fulfills.

On Being a Scientist, part 1 will comprises the following subjects:

  • What is science

  • Which questions do scientists ask

  • What do scientists do

  • What do scientists contribute

  • Alpha, beta & gamma; how do scientists differ

  • How is science organised


  • Students will be familiar with the preconditions and principles of science and “knows what is and isn’t acceptable”.

  • Students will have a realistic view of what science is and what scientist do.

  • Students will recognise integrity dilemmas; knowing how to handle themselves in clear cut situation, and have a sufficient basis to be able to handle unclear situations.

  • Students know and recognise similarities and differences between their own discipline and other disciplines in- and outside the faculty of Science.


Date Time Location
February 10, 2017 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
February 17, 2017 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
February 24, 2017 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
March 03, 2017 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
March 10, 2017 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
March 17, 2017 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
Examination, part 1
March 24, 2017 09:00-12:00 USC
Re-examination, part 1
July 05, 2017 13:00-16:00 USC

Lectures and group discussions


Written examination and group assignments


The course will use Blackboard.


Aanbevolen (niet verplicht):
On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition (2009). National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. – available as free download
John Hatton & Paul Plouffe (1997) Science and its ways of knowing.


This course is offered to all students of the faculty of Science.
The course ‘On being a Scientist’ is offered in 2 parts; part 1 (2 EC) and part 2 (1 EC)
The programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences offer part 1 in year 2 (as part of Academische Vorming 2) and part 2 in year 3 (as part of Academische Vorming 3).
The programme Biology offers the complete course (3 EC) in year 2 of the bachelor programme for students started in 2015-16.
All other programmes offer the complete course (3 EC) is year 3 of the bachelor programme.


Register for this course via uSis
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