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IL023 - Genetics: Science & Society

  • Module code: IL023
  • Module name: Genetics: Science & Society
  • Department: Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning
  • Credit: 12, 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will give you an overview of the latest human genetic technologies and it will focus on the interactions between science, society, politics, and culture, in particular on the issues of the ownership of genetic information, the ethical controversies around the use of genetic selection and reprogenetics (e.g. designer babies, saviour siblings), the correlations between genetics and ethnicity and the relationship between science fiction movies (e.g. Never let me go, My sister's keeper) and biotechnologies.

Principal learning outcomes

This module will utilise popular art and in particular films, to facilitate the critical discussion of scientific technologies and of the ethical, social and political topics presented in the lectures. You will be directly involved at every stage of the learning process and at the centre of Group- and Problem-Based learning activities throughout the module.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will consist of 10 two hour sessions, for around twenty students, from across the University's departments.

Departmental link

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/activities/modules/ugmodules/genetics/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: IL023-12)
A (Assessed work only) 1500 word essay 50%
  Student devised assessment 50%
15 CATS (Module code: IL023-15)
A (Assessed work only) 2000 word essay 50%
  Student devised assessment 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • in English Language and Linguistics (with Intercalated year) (Q311) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (with Study Abroad) (QW26) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3