Seminar: Scientists and Ethics

Module IN9010

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Informatics.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

IN9010 is a semester module in German or English language at Bachelor’s level und Master’s level which is offered irregular.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 30 h 4 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


- Biographies of distinguished scientists (Einstein, Russell, Heisenberg, v. Braun) - Research under dictatorships - Faud, mistakes, and plagiarism, - Ethics in computer science (Monitoring, freedom of the www, Open Source, Star Wars,...) - Genetic research, intelligent design, animal tests.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module, students are able to analyse and evaluate ethical aspects of different behaviour related to scientific research (goals of scientific research, procedure of research, and possible applications of research) as well as to present them in an adequate manner.



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

SE 2 Scientists and Ethics (IN901002) einzelne oder verschobene Termine
SE 2 Seminar Wissenschaftler und Ethik (IN901001) einzelne oder verschobene Termine

Learning and Teaching Methods

The students shall be prompted to study literature and to get familiar with the topics. They prepare and give presentations and write a term paper.


Slides, whiteboard, movies


Will be announced by supervisor before the course starts.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Type of assessment: scientific elaboration and presentation. The presentation grades the students' ability to present a given topic while the scientific elaboration examines the rest of the intended learning outcomes.

Condensed Matter

When atoms interact things can get interesting. Fundamental research on the underlying properties of materials and nanostructures and exploration of the potential they provide for applications.

Nuclei, Particles, Astrophysics

A journey of discovery to understanding our world at the subatomic scale, from the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter. Are you ready for the adventure?


Biological systems, from proteins to living cells and organisms, obey physical principles. Our research groups in biophysics shape one of Germany's largest scientific clusters in this area.