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Science at the Polls: Biology for Voters, Part 1

University of California, Berkeley via edX

Overview

Science plays a crucial role in your decisions as you go about your daily life. The representatives you elect and the legislation you vote on influences science legislation, limits and funding. This class will teach you fundamentals of modern biology to help you make more informed voting decisions.

As you learn the fundamentals of Biology, we'll explore the scientific issues sparking political debate: 

  • Evolution vs. creationism
  • Reactions to pandemic disease
  • The risks and benefits of vaccination 
  • How extinctions impact the planet
  • Space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life
  • Sexual behavior

We look forward to engaging course discussions about how each vote in a democracy affects the way biology functions in your everyday life.

Taught by

Fyodor Urnov and Jasper Rine

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