This course is an exploration of the real science and technology behind the science fiction portrayed in popular media (movies, television, internet and print). Topics may include: cloning of cells and organisms; DNA sequencing and genomics; forensics techniques used in real labs; how to analyze and understand statistics in health related news articles; the chemistry and physiology behind health foods and fads; the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms (GMOs); etc. Students will be able to choose and direct their studies of specific movies, episodes and articles.
This course will require you to be online for live lectures every week at the scheduled time. Class recordings will also be available until after your exam period. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.