Course Descriptions

01:447:354 SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW GENETICS

This course will satisfy the 447 elective requirements for students majoring in the biological sciences. It also is an approved elective for students majoring in Genetics. This course satisfies the SAS Core Curriculum Goal 21st Century Challenges 21C-c: Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue.

Offered

Fall

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Genetics 01:447:380 or Genetic Analysis I 01:447:384 and Gen Bio Lab 01:119:117 or 01:119:102

Course Description

Social, legal and ethical implications of genetics, for example: genetic screening, modern genetic technologies,  stem cells and cloning, genetic modifications of plants, animals and humans, genetic enhancement, and gene therapy.Site

Course Syllabus

Fall 2017 Syllabus

Course Site

A Sakai site will be utilized

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics.

2. Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts.

3. Use genetic information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics and understand its relevance to society.

4. Appreciate the role of the science major in improving the public's perception of science.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Grading:

Group case study position paper and presentation: 30%

Class participation (verbal and on-line polling): 10%

Bi-weekly blog writing: 30%

Pre-class quizzes and polls: 15%

Final exam: 10%

Peer blog discussions: 5%

Course Materials

There is not a suitable textbook. Original research articles, reviews and book chapters will be available on the SAKAI site. students will be required to purchase a subscription to an on-line polling application.

Course Closed

No special permission numbers will be administered for this course.  If the course is closed, please continue to monitor Web-Reg for openings.

Faculty

Dr. K. Schindler