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415.624.01 Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in Genetics and Genomics Over Time

Health Behavior and Society
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  9:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Debra Mathews
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2018 - 2019

It is recommended, though not required, that students have taken a genetics course.


Examines the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genetics and genomics through the lens of significant and field-defining periods and events in the history of the field. Examines the ELSI raised by those events, and how the events have shaped and defined the current state of the science and emerging scientific, ethical, policy and public health issues.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify some of the defining moments in the ELSI history of human genetics, and discuss why they are important
  2. Analyze the ethical, legal and social issues at play during these moments in history
  3. Discuss how these defining moments have influenced contemporary and emerging issues in the genetic sciences
Methods of Assessment:

Weekly Written Responses & Participation (25%); Class Presentation & Discussion Facilitation (40%); Final Paper (35%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students not in ScM in Genetic Counseling program

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