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FutureLearn: Why Biology Matters: Basic Concepts

 with  Jaume Bertranpetit

Explore the biology behind the complex issues you read about in the news

We often read news stories based on biology that we don’t understand well enough to form an opinion about.

To be able to interpret complex biological concepts - genetic determinism, cloning, genetic engineering, the fight against ageing, eugenics, artificial selection or intelligence inheritance - we need knowledge that we may not have.

That’s where this online course can help. It provides a basic introduction to the biology behind these ideas, - using lessons and interviews with experts - so that you can understand the implications of them for the fields of the social sciences and humanities.

This online course is aimed at:

  • people who wish to pursue their scientific curiosity
  • students and professionals in the social sciences and humanities, who want to learn more about the scientific basis of humanity
  • people with a general interest in biology or the social sciences and humanities.
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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Biology
Provider FutureLearn
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 3 hours a week
Calendar 3 weeks long
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