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Genetically Modified Organisms (BTCH90010)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBTCH90010
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject investigates genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their potential benefits for humankind in the 21st century, against the background of controversy and public concern triggered by the release of transgenic plants and animals into the food chain. The course examines the contrast between (i) the established use GMOs for many years in drug synthesis, getting limited negative attention, and (ii) the environmental release of agricultural genetically modified plants and animals, which has been accompanied by much public concern regards to safety and societal implications.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • appreciate the broad economic consequences of technological innovation in biology, and the global context of public policy on agricultural biotechnology;
  • recognise the similarities and differences between DNA transfer and rearrangement as it occurs in nature as compared to deliberate genetic manipulation the laboratory; and
  • be able to articulate the opportunity costs and human welfare benefits of public policies concerning biotechnology.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject students should gain:

  • experience in examining critically, synthesising and evaluating knowledge across a range of disciplines;
  • expanded analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences relating to public policy and technological risk assessment; and
  • knowledge to be active global citizens and accept social and civic responsibilities, and be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment based on comprehensive and open-minded consideration of evidence.

Last updated: 9 November 2018