Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Synthetic Biology / Responsible Research and Innovation (ELSA / RRI)

This module introduces the core concepts and approaches adopted in ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of synthetic biology. It will enable students to reflect critically on their own and others assumptions about synthetic biology and to articulate the relevance of ELSA for the present and next stages of their careers. It is designed to give students a basis on which to discuss synthetic biology with a range of publics and to act as ambassadors for synthetic biology. Topics include ethics, justice, dual effect, the nature of ‘humanity’, public understanding of synthetic biology, biosecurity, synthetic biology as an interdisciplinary research community, futures, expectations and values.