BIOL 4650

Biology and Society

(Lab Required) An exploration of the intersection of biology with society and the societal implications of research in areas such as genetics, biotechnology, ecology and evolution through lectures and tutorials. The course will examine how biological research is presented in the public sphere, and consider common public misunderstandings of the science. Students will examine some of the ethical issues that arise in the practice and application of biological sciences and develop skills in the communication and clarification of biological principles to the public. May not be held with BIOL 4890 when titled "Biology and Society". Prerequisites: One of BIOL 2500, BIOL 2501, PLNT 2520, the former BOTN 2460 or the former BOTN 2461 (C+), or permission of instructor. Students must be enrolled in third year (or higher) of a major or honours program in Biological Sciences, Biotechnology or Genetics.

Winter 2019 section

Lecture section

  • A01
    Instructor: Joy Stacey
    CRN: 56083
    Lecture Location: 302 Tier
    Dates: January 07 – April 09
    Slot 6: 11:30 AM–12:20 PM, M.W.F.
    Tutorial Location: P422 Duff Roblin
    Dates: January 07 – April 09
    Time: 2:30 PM–4:20 PM, M.

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Paige Kowal, MSc Defense: “A historical analysis of the changes in connectivity and plant cover in Netley-Libau Marsh, Manitoba, Canada: Distinguishing the effects of Lake Winnipeg and Red River hydrologyon...” — Friday, March 1 at 8:30 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Dr. Geoff Wasteneys: “Exploring Cell Proliferation in Root Apical Meristems: The role of cytoskeletonhormone feedback systems” — Friday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m., 205 Armes.

General seminar: Christophe Lemoine: “TBA” — Friday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m., 207 Buller.

General seminar: Crakerjack Seminar: “TBA” — Friday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m., 207 Buller.