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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

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RCNSCI 250. Ecology, Development, and Conservation in Latin America.

Section 001 Ecology, Conversation, And Development Of The New World Tropics. Spanish Recommended.

Instructor(s): Ini Granzow-De La Cerda

Prerequisites & Distribution: Reading and listening proficiency in Spanish; high school biology or environmental science. (4). (NS).

Credits: (4).

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This course will explore the interactions between ecological conservation and development, their constraints and history. We will analyze the socioeconomic aspects derived from the South-North unbalance and its effect on the environment for Third World nations, mainly in the American Tropics. We will focus on such environmental problems and their link to the underlying social and political issues, cutting across topics on health, agricultural practices, development, economics, social justice, and conservation of natural ecosystems. Basic notions on plant biology, tropical ecology and ecological restoration will be given, including lab sessions at the Bot. Gardens. Special attention will be given to the role of biotechnology and globalization. Lectures, discussions, half of the readings as well as student essays and research papers, including a final oral presentation, will all be in Spanish. Requirements: Two high school Science courses and one Spanish Reading course, or equivalent.

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RCNSCI 263 / Environ. Studies 263 / Urban Planning 263. Energy and the Environment.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Marc W Jensen

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two and one-half years of high school mathematics, or any college course in mathematics or natural science. (4). (NS).

Credits: (4).

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See RC Environmental Studies 263.001.

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RCNSCI 270. New Biotechnology: Scientific, Social and Historical Perspectives.

Section 001 New Biotechnology

Instructor(s): Susan Wright (

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school biology. (4). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (4).

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This course examines the development of genetic engineering and other biogenetic technologies that provide powerful methods for intervening in the genetic constitution of living things. It asks some of the questions that the scientific community asked itself when these techniques were invented in several California laboratories in the early 1970s: what principles should guide assessment of a new form of technology in the face of varying technical opinion about its implications? Should scientific research be controlled? What should be the roles of technical experts and the wider public in policy making? Where should decisions be made? And who should decide such matters? How these issues have been addressed are central themes of the course.

The principal goal of the course is to develop a broad historical perspective on the emergence and development of a new field of scientific achievement, the contexts in which the field is evolving, the terms of development, and the social and ethical issues associated with the development and application.

This term the course will address three principal issues that have produced extensive debate both locally and globally: the patenting of life forms; the release of genetically engineered plants and microbes into the environment; military application of biotechnology. Readings: David Suzuki, Genethics (Harvard University Press, 1989) and other readings to be arranged.

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