Stem Cells and Social Justice

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Stem Cells and Social Justice
Spring 2024
Taught By: Katayoun Chamany
Section: A

CRN: 14740

Credits: 4

This civic engagement course uses the topic of stem cell biology to introduce the biological, legal, and social dimensions of biomedical research and emerging technologies using perspectives from critical race theory, feminist thought, and disability studies. Stem cells are used to advance basic scientific knowledge as well as the development of applications for tissue regeneration, human enhancement, new forms of reproduction, the creation of chimeras, and synthetic-like human embryos and organs in a dish. Using case studies, students investigate the commodification of human cells and tissues; regulations related to emerging technologies; the safety of clinical trials; and the medical and social models of health. Students demonstrate their learning of stem cell biology and its social implications through: visual narratives; film reviews; role-play of various stakeholders who address stem cell controversies; policy proposals and quizzes. Course resources include the The Stem cells Across the Curriculum website which incorporates interactive communication design and infographic thinking, allowing students to select an area of personal interest to explore throughout the course ( These resources are supplemented by book chapters, news, government and NPO-sponsored publications, documentary and science fiction films, and blogs. Satisfies the foundation for Interdisciplinary Science Major, and the Elective for Gender Minor, and Civic Engagement and Social Justice Minor, and the "subject by subject" course requirement for Journalism + Design Major.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:58am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 618
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024