This course will look at the human health consequences of anthropogenic and natural toxins in the environment. We will examine how chemicals are absorbed, distributed, and detoxified within our bodies and the mechanism of acute and chronic damage to our health. We will explore how toxins travel through the environment and how permissible levels of exposure are decided upon. This naturally leads to a discussion about the perception and management of risk. We will look at case studies relating to industrial pollution, accidents, and contamination of our air, water, and food through the lens of human disease and social cost. Students are asked to think critically about available scientific evidence and form opinions about how much risk is acceptable in our daily lives.
Effective Citizenship, Interpretation
Students will consider how scientific evidence can inform decision-making important to the health and welfare of communities.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Textbook TBD, handouts
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short writing assignments, quizzes and a final project/paper.
|Instructor(s): Olson,Rich Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 10||FR: 15|