2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 50-minute workshop weekly
Assessment will be based on participation at lectures, written expositions, a science communication project and engagement within a MOOC (massive open online course).
Topic description

The topic covers selected aspects of biology that relate to impacts on modern society. Each week will consist of interactive, concept-based lectures and discussion, focusing on the science, impacts and ethics of a current global issue. Flinders lecturers along with selected guest lecturers will discuss the scientific and social perspectives of each issue and will allow students to challenge these concepts and reflect on their own understanding.

Educational aims

This topic aims to allow students to better interpret and debate relevant topical events confronting the world today, by explaining the biology behind each event. Issues covered will be of the following nature:

  • Ecological
  • Medical
  • Molecular
  • Environmental
  • Forensic
  • Evolutionary
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Appreciate how evidence is used in a scientific argument
  2. Understand ecological systems and molecular biology to interpret issues that have a biological basis and the social context in which these issues developed
  3. Develop a range of generic skills including assignment writing, team building and reflective practice