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 2018 section

Lecture section

  • A01
    Instructors: Joy Stacey
    CRN: 56083
    Lecture Location: 107 Isbister
    Dates: January 03 – April 06
    Slot 6: 11:30 AM–12:20 PM, M.W.F.
    Tutorial Location: 384 University
    Dates: January 03 – April 06
    Time: 2:30 PM–4:20 PM, M.

Important Date

April 9 – April 23: Winter Term Exam Period (includes final exams for Fall/Winter Term classes)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Riikka Kinnunen - PhD Proposal: “The Ecology of Urban Wildlife: How do Species Respond to Rapid Environmental Change?” — Tuesday, May 1 at 9 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Chloe Schmidt, PhD Proposal: “Microevolution in rapidly changing environments” — Wednesday, May 2 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Kamaldeep Chhoker, MSc. Defense: “Effects of canopy cover and pH on polyketide synthase gene transcription in Cladonie stygia and the polyketides produced in natural conditions.” — Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Lisa Hoogenboom, PhD Proposal: “Nitrogen movement across the intestine of elasmoranchs” — Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.