Course Schedule - Fall Semester 2021

     

ANTH 321 001 (CRN: 14743)

SOCIAL LIFE OF DNA

Long Title: SOCIAL LIFE OF DNA
Department: Anthropology
Instructor: Massie, Victoria M.
Meeting: 4:25PM - 5:40PM MW SEW 303 (23-AUG-2021 - 3-DEC-2021) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Section Max Enrollment: 15
Section Enrolled: 10
Total Cross-list Max Enrollment: 15
Total Cross-list Enrolled: 11
Enrollment data as of: 19-SEP-2021 4:08PM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: No Final Exam
 
Description: This upper level seminar examines the increasing significance of genetics as a central component of our social, economic, and political life. As the potential applications of DNA to our social life increasingly appear endless, this course asks how is genetic information reshaping our understanding of the value of life itself? In addition to identifying markers, scientific knowledge production around genetic information is reconstituting key ideas of risk, care, capital that impact our ideas of disability, race, kinship, citizenship, nationalism, and justice. In this class, our aim is to ask a) what is historically and materially distinct about genetic information as a metaphor for social processes, b) how is the value of life itself being reproduced and transformed for whom, and c) what are potential consequences we face by relating to one another through the geneticization of social life? Cross-list: ANTH 521. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ANTH 321 if student has credit for ANTH 521.