Program Details

This course will introduce students to the principles of genetics set against the unique background of Ireland. Since earliest times, human history has been shaped by man's manipulation of genes. A country's history is in many ways a story of changes that
Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Early man's manipulation of genetics in the domestication of plants and animals provided the basis for civilization. Our more informed understanding of genetics is rapidly transforming life in the 21st century, from healthcare to the foods we eat to our understanding of evolution and biodiversity. During the last decade, the complete DNA sequences of humans and a large number of other organisms have been determined, yielding new insights into life on Earth. Our ability to engineer genes has also opened up new fields of biotechnology and genetic medicine. The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of genetic principles and the many ways that genetics affects human history and our daily life.

This course will introduce students to the principles of genetics set against the unique background of Ireland. Since earliest times, human history has been shaped by man's manipulation of genes. A country's history is in many ways a story of changes that occur in the DNA of the people and other living organisms that inhabit its land. We will learn how information in genes produces traits, how genes are transferred between generations, how migration and selection affect the diversity of populations and about new genetic technologies that are transforming 21st century life. Course excursions and activities will provide real-life context for the principles discussed in class.

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of genetic principles and the many ways that genetics affects human history and our daily life. The small size of the course allows a more interactive format than is possible during the regular academic year. Students will engage with the course materials through readings, class discussions, projects and excursions.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will be housed in residence halls located on the campus of University College, Dublin. A few group meals are included in the cost of the program, but students should budget to cover the rest of their meals. Cultural Activities: The course includes day trips to Bru na Boinne and Celtic historic sites, County Roscommon, and Causey Farm. The course will take a weekend trip to the Aran Islands and County Clare/Galway. Dublin destinations include Trinity College, Irish biotechnology companies, and various cultural and musical events.
Cost:
Cost will be posted on the program site in December.

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