Vaccination #2 – Ethical discussion: General or partial mandatory vaccination


Hannah Kwella, Annette Scheersoi and Jana Schilbert


Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

The aim of this activity is to strengthen students’ analytical and critical thinking skills on a socially relevant and controversial issue. By discussing whether vaccinations should be mandatory, and if so, under which conditions, students apply the knowledge of immune biology they have acquired before. In addition, they add an ethics perspective to their factual information by considering personal and societal values.


  • 16
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  • Vaccination


  • Between 1-2 hours

In the discussion about a general or partial mandatory vaccination, students develop their own arguments using scientific texts and websites. In doing so, they learn to use trustworthy sources and develop their arguments based on facts. The steps in reaching a judgment and the associated target method, ideally covered in class beforehand, support students in developing their arguments.