Social Issues in Biology





This discussion course covers historical and contemporary readings about controversial issues related to biology and social responsibility of scientists. The topics are selected from amongst the following: Eugenics: past, present and future; Reproducibility, probability and truth in science; Pros and cons of DNA use in forensics; Social activism in science; Women and minorities in science; Biology of sex and gender; History and public perception of vaccinations; Animals in research; Science communication to the public(s); Controversies in biology and medicine re: issues of race, ethnicity and gender; How science is taught. The course can provide future scientists with a background in anticipating and considering present and future ethical and social implications of biology.

Additional Information

Faculty: Jonathan Beckwith, Stephen Lory, Richard Born, David Glass
Semester: Full Spring Term
Time: TBA