The STS Department is very excited about the upcoming Jan Plan course Biology and Society: Pandemic Legacy (ST197j).

STS Jan Plan Course - Society and biology: Pandemic Legacy


Course Description:

Three credit hours.  Charenko, Lusk

From environmental crises to medical advancements and global food shortages, the life sciences are implicated in some of today’s most pressing social issues. Using the board game “Pandemic Legacy” to examine these issues, we scrutinize how developments in biology have shaped and are shaped by society. We will address topics ranging from the role of universities, governments, and public-private partnerships in the development of biology, to controversies about regulation, access, and the role of race and social position. We will also examine how biological facts are used to answer the question of what it means to be human.