SEST-566 Biotechnology and Security
Fall for 2016-2017
Faculty:
This course addresses the intersection of biotechnology and security with a focus on past and potential policy responses. The course will begin by bringing students up to date on security relevant biotechnology and examine how biotechnology fits into the definition of security. We will discuss the historical use of biotechnology for security purposes and explore the inherent challenges to balancing the risks and benefits of this emerging technology. The course will consider the legal, ethical, and policy challenges brought on by rapid advances in biotechnology. Student research will first focus on a specific biotechnology advance and its impact on the threat of malicious use of biotechnology. Secondly, students will address a potential policy, law, or regulation designed to prevent, deter, or defend against biotechnological advances. This course will be accessible to scientists and non-scientists.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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Fall '16: Prescott L (file download)
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Sections:

SEST-566-01 Biotechnology and Security
Loranger
This course addresses the concepts that frame the discussion for how biotechnology advances, or a lack thereof, impact national and individual security. First, the course examines how biotechnology fits into the definition of security. It will then review concepts and current developments in the biotechnological sciences. This discussion will be accessible to scientists and non-scientists. Next, the course looks at the history and future of biological weapons and addresses health and human security. Finally, the course will consider the legal, ethical, and policy challenges brought on by rapid advances in biotechnology. Student research will first focus on a specific biotechnology advance and its impact on the threat of biological weapons. Secondly, students will address a potential policy, law, or regulation designed to prevent, deter, or defend against biotechnological advances.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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