Lesson Plan: Scientific Advancements
Time: 1 hour
This lesson asks students to examine the ethics related to human experimentation, specifically the work committed by Japanese scientists in China during World War II. Students will research various guidelines and are responsible for determining whether the standards were met. Firsthand and secondhand resources describing the experiments committed in Unit 731 are provided to help produce a complete picture of the experiments conducted.
Should scientists use information derived from unethical human experimentation?
Is it ethically correct to experiment on prisoners?
What are the guidelines for human experimentation?
Groups present their arguments either for or against the use of information derived from unethical human experimentation.
Class discusses other guidelines that should exist.
Students reflect on their findings.