Summer Courses

Summer Session C : August 3 – September 11 (6 weeks)

SOC GEN 165: INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS

Anne Le Goff / TR 12:30pm-1:45pmPST 

How can patient autonomy, from birth to death, be truly enacted in medicine? What does reproductive justice mean? Should we modify the human germline? Contemporary biomedicine and biotechnology profoundly disrupt and shape our lives. Bioethics studies and assesses the moral implications of technological and scientific changes. This course explores key and timely bioethical issues in matters of health, disease, reproduction, and biotechnologies. It will teach you the bases of ethical reasoning and a thorough analysis of specific case studies. Material will be drawn from contemporary essays in bioethics and contemporary media. This course is particularly recommended for students interested in careers in Genetic Counseling, Biomedical Research, and medicine.


Summer Session C : August 3 – September 11 (6 weeks)

SOCIETY & GENETICS 5INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES TO HUMAN BIOLOGY AND SOCIETY

Zach Griffen/ TR 10:45am-12:50pm

How do biological and social life intertwine?  How, for example, do bacteria change our lives, for better and for worse, and how do we change the “lives” of bacteria? How do ideas about gender and race change the way medicine is practiced, and how do changes in medicine change our own bodies? How is economic inequality reflected in microbiology, and how do microbes help reproduce inequality? This course provides a foundation for understanding how “society” and “biology” aren’t as separate as you might think.

Society and Genetics 5 can count towards the Social Analysis GE OR Life Science GE.

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