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Genomics, Ethics and Society    Back

Duration: Part time - 2 Weeks Fees/total cost: EUR 0.00


This course consists of 8 units. Units 1-7 each last approximately 2 weeks.


The first Unit (1) provides an introduction to genomic science, ethics, and policy.

Units 2 through 7 deal with specific ethical issues raised by genomics in the context of:

  1. Synthetic biology and microorganisms,
  2. genetics and crops,
  3. genetic modification of domestic animals,
  4. genetics and conservation,
  5. human genetic therapies and human enhancement, and
  6. privacy and genetic information.

Units 2-7 are organized into a consistent unit structure:

  • Navigation and essential question;
  • Background;
  • Selected Issues In Depth;
  • Readings;
  • Discussion;
  • Case Analysis;
  • Additional Resources;
  • Unit Evaluation Survey

Unit 8 contains the final case study. This is the concluding piece of assessment for the course. 

This course is available for anyone to use, both in whole and in part, under a Creative Commons license.

This course received funding from the National Science Foundation  Award Number:1237881
Project Title:Collaborative Research: Genomics & Society - Exploring ethics, impacts and consequences of technological advances.

Short courses (CPD) - Part time

Start date:
Any time
2 Weeks
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Standard applicant fee:
EUR 0.00

Course contact information

Frazier Benya
Program Officer
Center for Engineering Ethics and Society

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Last update: 13/09/2017