BIOSCIENCES TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
Credit points: 15
The biosciences and biotechnology have come to play important roles in human lives, especially as they reach into both the psychological and social sciences. The focus of this subject is on philosophical issues that arise in the biological sciences, including the medical and health sciences, and the technologies they employ. The subject may cover 4-6 of the following topics: (1) race, science, and human nature; (2) eugenics as a project aimed at intergenerational human improvement; (2) ideas of normalcy in the biological and social sciences; (4) the Human Genome Project and its successors; (5) historical and contemporary debates over the measurement of intelligence; (6) socio-biology and evolutionary psychology; (7) health, disability, and human variation; (8) contemporary technologies that facilitate reproductive choice; (9) bio enhancement and transhumanism; (10) biological conceptions of psychiatry and psychiatric illness.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Heersmink
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesIn class and online discussion, reading logs, group work. Essay writing, in class and online discussion, Independent research for essays, engaged in class and online interactions.
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Heersmink
LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Short essay (1200 words). Students will write a research essay on the material from weeks 1-6. At least three topics will be assigned by the instructor; each student will choose one of these to write on.
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Long essay (2000 words). Students will write a research essay on the material from weeks 7-12. At least three topics will be assigned by the instructor; each student will choose one of these to write on.
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Reading logs, class quizzes, and weekly exercises (800 words equivalent) Full grade here will be a function of the grades for each individual component.
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