GOVT 4303

GOVT 4303

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

Biotechnology is a broad term for the tools used to alter living organisms for human purposes. Genetic engineering (recombinant DNA technology) is one class of methods used in biotechnology. Private sector firms are actively marketing transgenic crops and other products of biotechnology globally. The public sector has been somewhat less active, but is becoming increasingly involved in transgenic technologies, particularly in less-industrialized countries. Developmental questions begin with those we ask of all technology: at whose cost, to whose benefit? Social movements have arisen to block both the testing and commercializing of biotechnology products, arguing that the developmental consequences are negative. Their objections center on the issues of food sovereignty, effects of land use change on the environment, ownership of transgenic traits and the genetic background in which they are placed (intellectual property), environmental uncertainties/risks, control of the food supply by multinational corporations and human health issues. Students will evaluate the legitimacy of various arguments and political positions relative to scientific findings and cultural norms. They will seek to understand the dimensions of political contention: what is at stake? Why does the controversy reach global dimensions? What are the concrete interests involved?

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS)

  • Understand the impact of various abiotic stresses on plant metabolism, growth, development and yield.
  • Describe adaptation/resistance mechanisms of plants to different abiotic factors.
  • Compare common and unique effects of various abiotic stress and crosstalk between pathways that lead to plants adaptation/resistance.
  • Understand approaches and scientific basis behind approaches for improving plant stress tolerance.
  • Critically analyze primary literature, design and communicate scientific presentation.

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Syllabi: none
  •  8738 GOVT 4303   LEC 001

    • TR Warren Hall 401
    • Davidson Evanega, S

      Davies, P

      Herring, R

      Hobbs, P

      Thies, J