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Fall 2022 Biology UN1360 section 001
Science and Society

Call Number 15046
Day & Time
W 4:10pm-6:40pm
1000 Sherman Fairchild Life Sciences Building
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Harold Varmus
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description This course, which has been given at another institution for the past five years, uses a seminar discussion format to examine the relationship between science and society from numerous perspectives, using examples from many fields of science, mostly biology and medicine, including the Covid-19 pandemic.   We welcome undergraduates from all classes who are concentrating in any field of sciences, humanities, or the arts; there are no prerequisites, other than an interest in how the scientific enterprise works.   The course addresses a wide array of topics: why do people choose a scientific career; why do governments and other funders support scientific work; how does science fail; why is there widespread skepticism about science; how is it represented in the arts; how are results disseminated, evaluated, and legally protected; and many other subjects.  Assignments-- mainly short articles (from newspapers and journals) and book chapters, but also a few films and novels --will be provided for each class, and every student will undertake a term project of their own choosing, after consultations with the instructor.
Web Site Vergil
Department Biological Sciences
Enrollment 20 students (20 max) as of 8:04AM Saturday, October 1, 2022
Status Full
Subject Biology
Number UN1360
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Barnard College, Columbia College, Engineering:Undergraduate, General Studies
Campus Morningside
Note Priority to Undergrad Students.
Section key 20223BIOL1360W001

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