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Science at the Polls: Biology for Voters, Part 1

Each year, as voters you are asked to make decisions on ballot initiatives on matters of biology, medicine, agriculture and the environment. Enroll in this course to learn how biology and your vote are connected.
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Estimated 4 weeks
5–7 hours per week
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Instructor-led on a course schedule
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About this course

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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.

At a glance

  • Institution: BerkeleyX
  • Subject: Biology & Life Sciences
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    We will be assuming background knowledge at the level of a high school biology course. A high school chemistry course would be nice for some of the lectures, but not required. No other science background will be assumed.

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • The science behind making informed decisions at the polls
  • Explore the scientific issues sparking political debate
  • How each vote in a democracy affects the way biology functions in your everyday life

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