FIG #31: Issues in Biological Ethics

FIG Pre-registration Fall 2017 is now closed. Please contact Rebecca McLean with any questions at (360)650-6607 or Rebecca.McLean@wwu.edu.


Cluster Description:
In this FIG we will investigate popular science and the way that it is presented in the public sphere. We will critically examine current topics in biology and science, including CRISPR gene editing and it's sue, climate change and the way it is presented in the media, and local ecological issues. We will examine all of these topics from multiple perspectives, looking at multiple sources and considering the way that they present the information and how the public consumes it.

Courses

Class
 Instructor 
 Days 
 Time 
 Credits 
 GUR 
Biology 101
with Lab
Georgianne Connell
TR
W
8:30-9:50 am
8:00-9:50 am
4
LSCI 
Philosophy 107
Neal Tognazzini
MWF
11:00-11:50 am
3
BCOM 
Seminar 101
Gavin Willis
TR
1:00-1:50 pm
2
 

Total Credits:

9
 

Course Descriptions for Issues in Biological Ethics

  • Biology 101 with Lab, Introduction to Biology, (Georgianne Connell) 4cr, LSCI, CRN: 42182
    Major ideas and processes of modern biological science at molecular, cellular, organismic and community levels; stressing qualitative and quantitative dimensions of the discipline in lecture, laboratory, field and discussion settings. Lab included. Intended for non-science majors.
  • Philosophy 107, Critical Thinking, (Neal Tognazzini) 3cr, BCOM, CRN: 44079
    This course focuses on identifying, extracting, and assessing reasoning in everyday contexts by developing the skills involved in analytical reading, effective communication, and articulating the structure of inductive reasoning (i.e. reasoning where the truth of the premises does not guarantee the truth of the conclusion).
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Gavin Willis) 2cr, CRN: 44080
    An introductory seminar offering an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Includes embedded instruction in academic skills and use of campus resources pertinent to exploration of the FIG cluster theme. Concludes in a formal paper or academic presentation. Students will investigate popular science and the way that it is presented in the public sphere. In this FIG we will critically examine current topics in biology and science, including CRISPR gene editing and it's use, climate change and the way it is presented in the media, and local ecological issues. We will examine all of these topics from multiple perspectives, looking at multiple sources and considering the way that they present the information and how the public consumes it.

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