Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2023-2024

Course director

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 0 hours

practices: 0 hours

seminars: 14 hours

total of: 14 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OTL-BIOE-T
  • 1 kredit
  • Biotechnology BSc
  • Soft Skills for Biotechnology modul
  • spring


Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 99


The primary objective of the course is to present and discuss basic ethical considerations that are relevant to biotechnological research and various applications of biotechnology. Course topics include: international standards of modern medical ethics, main aspects of environmental ethics, animal protection ethics, laboratory biosafety ethics, ethical dilemmas of genetic engineering in plant, animal and human organisms.




  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Basic notions, Theories
  • 3. Moral issues of genetic interventions 1.
  • 4. Moral issues of genetic interventions 2.
  • 5. Ethical issues of human experiments 1.
  • 6. Ethical issues of human experiments 2.
  • 7. Reproductive ethics 1.
  • 8. Reproductive ethics 2.
  • 9. Environmental ethics 1.
  • 10. Environmental ethics 2.
  • 11. Ethics of organ- and tissue transplantation 1.
  • 12. Ethics of organ- and tissue transplantation 2.
  • 13. Semester closure
  • 14. Test exam

Reading material

Obligatory literature

A. R. Jonsen, M. Siegler, W. J. Winsdale, Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine, 8th edition, 2015, McGraw-Hill Education, New York
P. Nambisan 2017. An introduction to ethical, safety and intellectual property rights issues in biotechnology. Academic Press. (chapters 5-11; pp 127-272.)
J. Morris 2006. The Ethics of Biotechnology, Infobase Publishing

Literature developed by the Department


Recommended literature

M. Hauskeller: Biotechnology and the Integrity of Life, Ashgate, 2007
B. Steinbock: The Oxford handbook of bioethics. Oxford University Press, 2007

Conditions for acceptance of the semester


Mid-term exams

According to the Studies and Exams Code.

Making up for missed classes


Exam topics/questions

Test questions from notes.


  • Dr. Laki Beáta

Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Dr. Laki Beáta