Life Science 2G03

Life Science 2G03: Genes, Genomes, and Society

Course Description:

Genetics is the study of the patterns of inheritance that govern our appearance, behaviour, and health. We seek to understand these patterns of inheritance and the biology that underlies them. With the 21st century came the sequencing of the human genome giving us the Age of Genomics. Our individual genome is the collection of all of the genes that we have inherited from each of our two biological parents. We will examine the fundamental principles of genetics that allow us to understand the avalanche of data available to us. We can then explore how recent genetic advances offers limitless promise and poses complex ethical issues. As citizens we need to understand the basic biological tenets of genetics so that we can make informed decisions about how genetic information is interpreted, used, and shared.

Course Aims:

  • Understand and apply the basic principles of Mendelian genetics.
  • Identify the principles behind interpreting genomic information.
  • Apply genetic principles to critically analyze case studies.
  • Identify common misconceptions about genetics and find ways to explain the principles
  • Critically analyze common popular perceptions about genetics.
  • Thoughtfully and civilly engage in evidence-based arguments about the ethical application of genetic information.


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course students should be able to,

  • Understand and explain basic principles of Mendelian genetics
  • Apply critical thinking skills in the interpretation and application of genetics information
  • Develop written and oral communication skills to explain genetic principles

Culminating project:

Students are asked to prepare a short “Minute Genetics” video that clarifies a common misconception in genetics.



Course syllabus:  LS2GO3 outline Winter 2015_post