Essential Ethics for Global Leaders to begin on June 14, 2016

Prof. Ishida    “Essential Ethics for Global Leaders” will begin on June 14. Prof. Yasushi Ishida in Global Human Resource Development Center will be in charge of this lecture.
    This lecture is designed as one of the “Doctoral Program Liberal Arts” for “Minor Course of Science and Technology for Global Leaders”. The lecture is open to all master’s & doctoral students who want to be active in the international community no matter which major/minor course they belong to. The lecture will be conducted in English.

Lecture Objectives

    We do not quite often talk of ethical issues. But this does not mean that the issues have no importance for us. On the contrary, we are surrounded by various issues that have significant ethical or moral impacts on us; those who are engaged in science and technology are no exception. For example, given the environmental situation called “global warming,” should all of us stop our economic developments?; the advancement of modern medical technologies, such as cloning technologies and reproductive technologies, makes us wonder how much we are allowed to apply these technologies to human beings and change our human nature; advanced lifesupporting technologies pose a question of when we should stop medical treatment for patients (it is called “the problem of euthanasia”). All these questions require some sort of serious ethical reflection. In fact, the complexity of modern sciences and the rapid progress in research and technological development pose a lot of ethical questions for us.
    This course will take a close look at the ethical significance found in modern cutting-edge technology and the ethical (moral) challenges posed by modern sciences. By discussing these issues, students are expected to learn ethically important concepts and master the ways of thinking that would be useful in discussing modern sciences and technological development from ethical viewpoints.     
    As a final assessment, students are to make presentations on modern scientific technology and the ethical problems that can be found in the issues. By the end of the course, students will have improved their listening comprehension skills and be able to present their own opinions with regards to scientific and ethical issues in a coherent and organized manner.

Lecture Outline

Subject Essential Ethics for Global Leaders [16S1014]
Instructor Yasushi Ishida (Project Associate Professor in Global Human Resource Development Center)
Theme Ethical Issues in Modern Science and Technology
Target Audience Graduate Students
Tue., Jun.14 13:20-14:50
Inter-Faculty Build. 1, R303
Tue., Jun.21 13:20-16:30
Inter-Faculty Build. 1, R303
Net Surfing for Robots (Human beings vs. Robots)
Wed., Jun.29 15:00-18:10
Sci. Build.1, 6F SC Seminar Room
Who should decide? : Dax’s case (Autonomy vs Beneficence)
Tue., Jul. 5 13:20-16:30
Inter-Faculty Build. 1, R303
Donor-conceived people’s right to know donor identity (Justice and non-maleficence)
Tue., Jul.12 13:20-16:30
Inter-Faculty Build. 1, R303
Robotic Seniors: Ethics in cyborg technology
Tue., Jul.19 13:20-16:30
Inter-Faculty Build. 1, R303
Development of natural resources or environmental protection
Wed., Jul.27 15:00-18:10
Sci. Build.1, 6F SC Seminar Room
Warmer Canada Means Better Wine: Is Global Warming the Cost for our Happy Life?
TBD Presentation and discussion


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