Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
lectures and tutorials
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours: 12 weeks of two 1-hour lectures per week (24hrs) plus one 1-hour small group discussion or workshop per week (12hrs). |
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|Recommended Background Knowledge:||
There will be specific workshops offered within the timetable early in the semester to support those students who have not studied genetics recently or VCE level Biology
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|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
CoordinatorProf Sylvia Metcalfe
The Human Genome Project has defined the blueprint of human life. This has enabled not only greater clarity and understanding of the science of genetics but also an awakening of the personal meaning of heredity, with ethical, spiritual, and cultural dimensions.
(2) Nature and nurture. What is the human genome, what does it contribute to who we are and how?
(3) Reading the future. What can genes tell us about ourselves and our potential children, and what do we really want to know? Clinical and non-clinical uses of genetic testing. What are the ethical and psychosocial considerations of genetic testing?
(4) Genetics and race. How does genetics interface with the concept of race?
(5) Visible and invisible differences. Exploring the psychological ramifications for people with genetic disorders that cause differences in physical appearance.
(6) Genetics and art. Exploring the influence and inspiration of genomics on various media.
(7) Genetics and the law. Legal implications of genomics will be addressed including: genetics in solving crimes and paternity; ownership of DNA including patenting of genes; sharing of genetic information within families, issues of confidentiality and privacy, genetic testing of children; genetic discrimination in insurance and employment.
(8) Genes and kinships. What connects families? How do we understand donor-assisted conception, paternity “fraud,” and complex “blended” families?
(9) Ethics of reproductive choice. Ethical considerations of reproductive choices set against the background of the history of eugenics and the current emphasis on free and informed choice, including termination of pregnancy following genetic testing.
On completion of the subject, students should:
• Understand the science of human genomics and its role in forming who we are.
(1) Three online multiple choice tests, each worth 10%, evenly spread throughout the semester (30%)
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Reading and reference material will be provided by lecturers or tutors at the commencement of each theme.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
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On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills:
· Ability to integrate material from diverse disciplines and to discuss the effect of recent developments on different disciplines.
· Ability to assess critically information from a range of sources including its quality and relevance to the question under consideration.
· Ability to present a broad-based and reasoned discussion on a related topic.
|Related Breadth Track(s):||
Genetics and Society |
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