- Code BIOL6191
- 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
This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
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
- Research facts, values, and ethical arguments about unfamiliar topics
This course is NOT an online course. Students are required to attend on campus lectures/tutorials.
- Short argumentative essays (70) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Long research essay (20) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]
- Tutorial discussions, and submission of reflective questions in tutorials (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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WorkloadTwo lectures, one workshop, and a one-hour tutorial per week. Extensive reading.
To be determined
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