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Science & Social Justice: teach

Science often gets framed as outside the discourse on social justice. After all, it is 'objective' research. What does biology, chemistry and computer science have to do with issues like gender equity, racism, homophobia, and wealth disparity? There are scientists of conscience working to answer these questions and to incorporate their findings into research approaches and pedagogy. This page is a collaboration between the ACSJL and Harvard University's DIVISION OF MEDICAL SCIENCES OF HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL.

Advanced Genetics- Race & Racism

This class is about the nature and experience of human differences. One of the most fundamental characteristics of biological organisms is that individuals differ from one another in a variety of ways. Recognition of the nature and importance of those … Continue reading

Anthropological Genetics

Anthropological Genetics The goal of this class is to engage the scope of genetics as it relates to humans; to familiarize anthropology students with the principles of human genetics, especially in those areas in which it differs from genetics of … Continue reading

Antibiotics: Global Health and Social Justice

Syphilis and its spread—the Tuskegee Study, the Chicago War on Syphilis, and their connection to syphilis in Oslo, Norway and in Guatemala.  We discuss AIDS in the world, and we watch and discuss “And the Ban Played on.”     … Continue reading

Biology in its Social Context

Current and historical cases are used to examine the political, ethical, and other social dimensions of the life sciences. Close examination of developments in the life sciences can lead to questions about the social influences shaping scientists’’’’ work or its … Continue reading

Biomedical Ethics

This course develops students’ critical thinking about dilemmas in medicine and health care policy, such as those that arise around allocation of scarce resources, criteria for organ transplants, informed consent, experimentation on human subjects, AIDS research, embryo research and selective … Continue reading

Biosocial Problems in Contemporary America

Biosocial Problems in Contemporary America This course examines the application of basic biological ideas to modern social problems in America, in particular, the intersection of biological theories and social beliefs. Among the major issues examined are the ideological uses of … Continue reading

Children and Science

The goal of this course is to understand the interpretive frameworks students of various ages bring to science class and how those frameworks influence their learning of scientific frameworks.    We will explore student frameworks for a variety of science domains … Continue reading

DNA, Diet & Disease

This course will examine the ways in which humans manipulate—and have been manipulated by—the organisms we depend on for food. We will begin by discussing the nature of food, and the genetics, evolution, breeding and molecular engineering of domesticated plants … Continue reading

Environment, Health & Society

This course draws on multiple sociological perspectives to examine two interrelated domains: 1) how dimensions of social organization shape the production and distribution of environmental health and illness in the United States; 2) how we know and regulate relationships between … Continue reading

Environment, Science & Society

Through current and historical cases, this course explores the diverse influences that shape environmental science and politics and their pedagogical, professional, social, and moral implications for educators, environmental professionals, and concerned citizens.   Dr. Peter Taylor University of Massachusetts Boston … Continue reading

Epidemiological Thinking for Non-Specialists

Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems involved in analyzing the biological and social influences on behaviors and diseases and in translating such analyses into population health policy and practice. Special attention given to social inequalities, changes over the life … Continue reading

Ethical Issues in Health Policy

This course begins with an exploration of ethics, the moral relevance of health and the use of ethics in the assessment of health policy. Students will become acquainted with a number of theories of justice. Student will explore contemporary health … Continue reading

Evolutionary Medicine

This course is interdisciplinary. It will utilize subject matter from a variety of academic disciplines, through the range of organization that exists within them (molecular to societal). Students will read and discuss the established principles of evolutionary medicine along with … Continue reading

Gender, Race, Science & Technology

The course takes these questions as entry points into an ever-growing body of work to which feminist, anti-racist, and other critical analysts and activists have made significant contributions. The course also takes these questions as an invitation to practice challenging … Continue reading