RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 001 Social Theories of Medical Science and Biotechnology
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This upper division undergraduate seminar examines how the medical sciences and biotechnology have been made and have radically remade some of our most basic understandings of nature and biology. The course begins historically with readings that help us situate the origins of modern science in the seventeenth century, with the separation of nature from society. We will continue with readings on the social effects of scientific medicine since its development in the late 19th century, both in Europe and North America, and within the colonial project. In the latter half of the course we will use the critical insights of sociologists, anthropologists, historians of science and medicine, feminists, and philosophers to investigate how bio-scientific and technological developments have fomented some of today’s most contested social and ethical debates — When life begins and ends? What makes a person female or male? What constitutes parenthood? How is disease defined? What are the contemporary boundaries of nature?

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
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001 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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