AMCULT 233 - Genes and Society: Comparative and International Perspectives
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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This course explores genes and society from a global perspective. Students learn about the history of genetics, including eugenics, and about contemporary controversies related to genetic testing and screening, genetically-modified organisms, racial ancestry and genetics, synthetic biology, as well as historical and personal experiences of chromosomal and genetics conditions such as Down Syndrome and Huntington's disease. Students think critically about the medical benefits and moral quandaries generated by rapidly advancing genetic knowledge and technologies. Providing a global framework, the course includes case studies and examples from but not limited to Iceland, Argentina, Cyprus, Germany, India, United States, and China.

This course combines course materials from the social sciences, natural and health sciences, and humanities to provide students a multidimensional understanding of genetics and society. The course uses a case study approach, both thematically and regionally, to explore topics. Students are expected to understand the science or medicine of course topics sufficiently to discuss them with a reasonable level of understanding, and to develop well-grounded analyses and opinions.

Course Requirements:

Participation: (15% of grade)

4 Short Papers: 60 percent of grade (60% total, 15% for each paper). Each paper will be 500-750 words long and submitted via CANVAS.

Final In-class Project: Submit a final project, which can take the form of a written essay, podcast, video, or performance. Each student will have 5 minutes to present in class on her or his project. Ideas for final projects include exploring a controversial issue (i.e., GMOs), ethical issue (genetic selection via PGD), or a historical aspect of eugenics or genetics. Each student is required to consult at least 5 reputable sources for the presentation and submit an outline and list of sources. These can also take the form of a debate on an issue presented in class. Student uploads paper to be read, power point or link to Prezi to class website (25% of grade).


AMCULT 233 - Genes and Society: Comparative and International Perspectives
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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