- Code BIOL3191
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Biology
Expression of interest is required to enrol in this course. Please see "other information' for details.
This course examines the ethical and societal impacts of new applications in biology. Technologies examined include: artificial intelligence; genetically modified organisms; cloning of humans and other animals; genetic screening and gene therapy; reproductive technologies; organ and stem cell transplantation, and the convergence of humans and machines. 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, tutorial discussions and lectures.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Discuss the science involved in new biotechnologies and the associated contextual issues
- Understand and employ a range of approaches to ethical and moral reasoning
- Evaluate facts, values, and arguments from a variety of information sources
- Assess the benefits, risks, and societal & ethical implications of biotechnologies
- Identify a personal view in the context of the debate about a biotechnology
This course is NOT an online course. Students are required to attend on campus lectures/tutorials.
To enrol in this course you must have completed 96 units towards a degree and complete an expression of interest form.
To register interest in this course for Semester 2 2019 please fill in an expression of interest form.
Registrations will close on June 30. Students will be notified the outcome in early July.
- 4 x Short ethical argument essays 90% (LO 1-5) (90) [LO null]
- Tutorial discussions, and submission of reflective reports in tutorials 10% (LO 1-5) (10) [LO null]
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WorkloadTwo lectures, one workshop, and a one-hour tutorial per week. Extensive reading.
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