Hollywood Biotechnology: The Convergence of Science and Culture

Paul Meers (Plant Biology and Pathology)

In this course we investigate society’s artistic attempts to interpret and assimilate science and the occasionally wide gap between public perception and a true understanding of the way science “works.”  Students will be introduced to some of the concepts of modern biotechnology and nanotechnology, and we will view and discuss the portrayal of these fields in popular movies.  Misconceptions and accurate portrayals will be analyzed to introduce students to a basic understanding of the latest exciting work in rapidly emerging areas such as genomics and epigenetics.  Students will present thumbs up/thumbs down movie science reviews as a required assignment.

Course Number: 
11:090:101 section 09 index 08178