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.
Weekly lecture & reflection paper (prompt is given in lecture and due before the next lecture). Passing: Complete 7/10 reflection papers.
Weekly discussion section with a quiz on readings in each discussion section. Passing: 3/5 grade on 7/10 of the quizzes.
4 discussion boards throughout the semester. Passing: Post & respond to one other person on 3/4 discussion boards.
|Julie Ray, Ronit Nath, Guest Lecturers
|60 Social Sciences