BIOSCIENCES TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

PHI2BTS

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Various

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AuthorVarious

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PublisherVarious

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge about of the ways in which biological sciences embody social values and inform individual and societal decisions.
02. Develop critical thinking skills that allow you to probe beneath the surface of what you read and grapple with to interrogate issues concerning biology, society, and values.
03. Examine social dimensions to biological theories, practices and technologies.
04. Critique the ways that science both reflects and impacts the societies we live in.
05. Implement active learning strategies to act as self directed learners.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Heersmink

Class requirements

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

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.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

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.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Reading logs, class quizzes, and weekly exercises (800 words equivalent) Full grade here will be a function of the grades for each individual component.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5