Neuroethics 2020/2021 (7.5 credits)

Spring 2021, Mixed, 50 %, Distance learning

Start date: 1 March 2021

End date: 9 May 2021

Application Deadline: 15 October 2020

Enrolment Code: UU-90012 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Flexible

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

Outline for distance course: Web-based course with no physical meetings. The course consists of recorded web lectures that are available throughout the course. To view the lectures, a computer with internet connection is required. Contact with teachers and fellow students is mainly done through forums on the course web page. The examination consists of a short essay in the subject of neuroethics.

Entry Requirements: 120 credits


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 18125

Tuition fee, total: SEK 18125

About the course:

Different types of neuroethical issues will be discussed during the course. The course focuses both on applied neuroethics, i.e. ethical questions that arise from neuroscientific or neurotechnological advances; and on fundamental neuroethics, i.e. questions concerning how knowledge of the brain's functional architecture and its evolution can deepen our understanding of human thought, including moral thought and judgment. The course also includes clinical perspectives, e.g. to what extent a patient with a neuro-degenerative disorder suffers from reduced capacity for decision-making, or reduced autonomy, or when a person with dementia can give an informed consent to participate in scientific studies.

Lectures feature prominent researchers in neuroscience and philosophy:

  • Jean-Pierre Changeux: "Neuroscience of the arts"
  • Stanislas Dehaene: "Human brain mechanisms of subliminal processing and conscious access"
  • Etienne Koechlin: "Decision-making, executive control and the prefrontal cortex"
  • Hugo Lagercrantz: "The making of the new-born brain: genetic, epigenetic and environmental mechanisms"
  • Patricia Kuhl: "The Dawn of the Enlightened Brain - the scientist in the crib"
  • Kathinka Evers: "Neuroethics"; "The neural basis of morality"; and "Free will and personal responsibility in the wake of neuroscience"
  • Kai Kaila: "In Search for consciousness"
  • Dan Larhammar: "The neural basis of religious experience"
  • Maria Lindau: "Neuropsychological assessment of dementia"

More information


Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics

BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala

P.O. Box 564, SE-751 22 Uppsala, Sweden

Calle Martinsson


Telephone: +46 18 471 66 84