This course examines the ethical and societal impacts of new applications in biology. Technologies examined include: genetically modified organisms; cloning of humans and other animals; genetic screening and gene therapy; reproductive technologies; organ and stem cell transplantation, neurotechnology and the convergence of humans and machines to repair or enhance human function. Broad issues affecting individual and societal decisions to accept or reject technologies will be discussed, such as risk/benefit assessments and regulation of new technologies. Students will be presented with many diverse perspectives through readings, discussions and seminars from professionals from both within and outside the university.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Discuss, in general terms, the science involved in new biotechnologies and the associated contextual issues
2. Research and evaluate a diversity of biotechnology information sources, and the diversity of perspectives they reflect
3. Create a framework to assess the benefits and risks of biotechnologies
4. Identify a personal view in the context of the debate about a biotechnology in both individual and team formats
5. Apply reflective and argumentative thinking to scientific, societal and personal views.
Other InformationThis course is NOT an online course. Students are required to attend on campus lectures/tutorials.
Assessment will be based on:
- Reflective Tutorial Reports (15%) (LO 2, 4)
- Participation in tutorials and submission of Tutorial Questions (10%) (LO 1, 4)
- Debate Reflection Report (10%) (LO 2, 4)
- Research essay (30%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Open Book Examination (35%) (LO 3, 4, 5)
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Two lectures, one guest seminar and a one hour tutorial per week.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1633||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|