Unit 9: Science, Technology, and Commerce
In this unit, we examine the role ethics play when leaders make policy, laws, and regulations in the areas of science, technology, and commerce.
Should the government engage in corporate social welfare, or allow the free market to choose commercial winners and losers? Should the government only impose commercial regulations that do not burden the free flow of goods and services in our economy? Should we place limits on medical research or cloning of foodstuffs? How do we balance individual bodily autonomy with the need to protect the public from the spread of infection and disease? How should we balance individual privacy rights online with security and public safety concerns?
Again we use the five frameworks we discussed in Unit 2 to examine these questions.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 10 hours.
9.1: Ethics and the Free Market
9.2: Government Ethics and Information Technology
9.3: Government Ethics and Medicine
Unit 9 Assessment