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Gene Doping – The Future of Doping?

Teaching Unit – Gene Doping in Competitive Sports

Swen Körner, Stefanie Schardien, Birte Steven-Vitense, Steffen Albach and Edgar Dorn

Gene doping is regarded as the form of performance enhancement in elite sports with the greatest potential which also raises issues for all of society that transcend competitive sport. This book brings together detailed concepts for lessons dealing with the scientific, legal, ethical, and social aspects of gene doping. The lessons have been applied in class and extensively annotated for classroom use. Upper secondary level students may choose out of various options which will refine and expand their subject expertise as well as their methodology, decision-making and responsibility in accordance with their subject focus, interdisciplinary approach, and curricular objectives.


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15 Chapter 1 Overview Key points at a glance Class level Upper secondary grade Subject/subjects and curricular tie-ins Indicated generally for Lower Saxony core curricula in: biology, values and norms (ethics), and sport, as well as, for example, for legal study, as seminar course, seminar topic or science-preparatory seminar. Time requirement • Classic option: five to seven class hours • Compact option: from two class hours • Alternative option: two to three class hours Class size (classic option) Minimum: 15 student Optimum: 20 students Maximum: 25 students Prior knowledge/ experience Students’ connection to the subject of competitive sports is recommended Principal methods • Modified barometer teaching method • Work with text, caricatures, charts • Crisis talk (panel discussion) Learning arrangements Individual and/or pair work; group work, group discussion, frontal teaching Differentiated activities Feasible, e.g., through different roles and materials in the crisis talk and in-depth texts in the scientific part or through “alternative versions.” Technology Projector, laptop (at least during the first class hour) Subject-combining, interdisciplinary lessons Yes (see above) Field-tested material Yes Teaching unit objective The teaching unit aims to engage students in a socially relevant discussion process. The attempt will be made to facilitate grounded reflection on bioethical, social, and legal issues concerning the use of gene technologies in (competitive) sport – specifically, practices of so-called gene doping – and thereby equip them to form in-depth, critical judgments. Primary skill Forming judgments 17 Chapter 2 Topic relevance Gene doping in competitive sport In recent years, ideas and practices aimed at achieving a healthier life style have...

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