Many believe that the cures to most diseases lie in stem cell science and research, yet others fear repercussions that could forever alter our social conscience and morality. This class takes students on a journey inside the stem cell revolution, where scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and ethicists will challenge students to consider the societal, political, even spiritual implications of this rapidly developing frontier.
The Stem Cell Decal aims to creatively provide students with a basic understanding of stem cells and stem cell research. We cover four modules over twelve weeks: Science and Biology, Engineering and Technology, Ethics and Controversy, and Policy and Advocacy.
These topics will be explored through weekly one hour lectures on a variety of stem cell topics, featuring both guest speakers and facilitators. Hour-long discussion sections led by facilitators will be held weekly to revisit new material introduced in lecture, present pressing stem cell issues in recent scientific literature and news media, and urge conversation among students about current developments in the field.
After taking this course, students will have a basic understanding of stem cell science, its potential and applications, the controversy behind it, and its role in society. We hope students will possess enough knowledge to understand and participate in stem cell activities on campus and beyond, while also formulating their own position on the political stances surrounding stem cell research.
The Stem Cell Decal is a 2 unit course. Students must attend both the lecture portion and a discussion section. You cannot take the lecture or discussion portions individually. Make sure you are enrolled in the appropriate lecture and discussion section for your class standing on CalCentral. Double check CalCentral to make sure you are enrolled in a course with the correct CCN, faculty advisor, location, and time. We cannot make enrollment changes past the 5th week of classes. It is your responsibility to confirm your enrollment.
The general expectations of the course are as follows:
-A weekly short reflection assignment based on lecture
-Weekly assigned readings
-A weekly 5 question multiple choice quiz based on assigned readings
-A monthly discussion board post
-A final project
|Lecture||__||60||126 Barrows||[M] 6:00PM-7:00PM||09/10/2018||Open||--||--|
|Wednesday Section||Itamar, Ben||20||2066 VLSB||[W] 3:00PM-4:00PM||09/12/2018||Open||--||--|
|Thursday Section||Masood, Ryan||20||30 Wheeler||[Th] 4:00PM-5:00PM||09/13/2018||Open||--||--|
|Friday Section||Sam, Angelica, John||20||205 Dwinelle||[F] 12:00PM-1:00PM||09/14/2018||Open||--||--|