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: 339 Education
    Dates: January 03 – April 06
    Slot 6: 11:30 AM–12:20 PM, M.W.F.
    Tutorial Location: 400 Tier
    Dates: January 03 – April 06
    Time: 2:30 PM–4:20 PM, M.

Important Dates

December 11 – December 21: Fall Term Exam Period (includes tests and midterm exams for Fall/Winter Term classes)

December 22 – January 1: Winter Holiday (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Jennifer Sojka, MSc Defense: “Proximate and ultimate causes of personality in a non-aggressive, African ground squirrel” — Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Karen Dunmall PhD Oral Defense: “Pacific salmon in the Canadian Arctic Indicators of Change” — Tuesday, December 19 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Matthew Doering, PhD Proposal: “Adding spice to fungicides: Discovery of novel genes operating in specialised metabolite biosynthesis in Piper spp. (Piperaceae)” — Wednesday, December 20 at 11 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Jared Field, MSc Defense: “Alternative splicing of Bnip3 modulates calcium signals to prevent mitochondrail-dependent cell death and regulate gene expression” — Wednesday, December 20 at 1 p.m., 201 BSB.