333.01 Science Law & Policy

What are the government policies that support science? How is science regulated and controlled? What can science contribute to law and policy? How do the states, the federal government and international agencies interact to set science policy? How do disparate regulations and law impact research and translation? How is scientific research funded? These questions and more will be explored by looking at the interaction of law, science, and policy. The class is a mix of law, ethics and science students, and learning how to talk to one another in a common language is an important element of the course. Classes will include consideration and analysis of cases studies. There are no prerequisites for the course and there is no requirement that students have either graduate or upper-level undergraduate training in the sciences. Course evaluation (i.e. your grade) will be based on class participation and a final exam.

All MA, PhD and JD/MA students should register under BIOETHIC 704 – approval of professor is required. All law students (other than JD/MAs) should register under LAW 333.

Fall 2021

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Final Exam
Reflective Writing
Practical exercises
In-class exercise
Class participation
Michael B. Waitzkin
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.333.01.F21
Email list: LAW.333.01.F21@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Areas of Practice