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Barbara B. Mcgrath
ANTH 574
Seattle Campus

Culture, Society, and Genomics

Examines social and cultural issues of human genome sequencing and control of genetic expression. Attitudes and behaviors toward health, illness, and disability are studied using historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural case study material. Offered: jointly with NURS 582/PHG 521; Sp.

Class description

Course Description: The results of dramatic advances in human genetics research are making their way from the laboratory through the media and the clinic into the lives of everyday people at break neck speed. Debate about the implications for society and the role of public health is taking place among researchers, clinicians, ethicists, and concerned citizens. This course will bring a social science perspective to the dialogue by examining social and cultural processes that influence response to ?the new genetics.? Topics addressed include: the place of science, biomedicine and biotechnology in our society; the post modern body in a genetics era; prenatal diagnosis and the eugenics of choice; genetic testing and medicalization of the family; stigma and disability; as well as other issues to be identified by participants in the course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course is designed as a graduate seminar.

Recommended preparation

A formal background in biology or genetics is not necessary, but an interest in science is helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Student led class discussion Submitted examples of media representation of genetics Final paper (15 pages) Oral presentation of paper

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Barbara B. Mcgrath
Date: 03/03/2003