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: TBA
    Dates: January 07 – April 09
    Slot 6: 11:30 AM–12:20 PM, M.W.F.
    Tutorial Location: TBA
    Dates: January 07 – April 09
    Time: 2:30 PM–4:20 PM, M.

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Wesley Ogloff, MSc defense: “Climate change-related shifts in species interactions and diet in an Arctic marine ecosystem” — Tuesday, July 31 at 9 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Elise Couillard, MSc Defense: “Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) awareness of neighbours' vigilance is spatially explicit” — Wednesday, August 1 at 8:45 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Muriel Magnaye, MSc Defense: “Growth and post-spawning survival in capelin (Mallotus villosus) on the northeast coast of Newfoundland” — Wednesday, August 15 at 11 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.