Day School: GM Crops: Solution or Threat?

Ref: C3744340

GM crops have been hailed by some as an essential tool in the fight against a range of problems now facing humanity, from hunger to polluted soils to climate change to ‘superweeds’ and ‘superpests’; all this while being safe for both the environment and human health. Is this too good to be true? Are there dangers in meddling with nature? We will debunk the myths surrounding GM crops by considering what these crops are, how they are regulated, and the different social, economic, and environmental effects they have across the world.

Course aim

To provide a balanced understanding of what GM crops are, how they are regulated, and the social and environmental effects they have. This will be achieved by considering relevant literature and by discussing case studies from around the world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is for anyone with an interest in GM crops, nature, biotechnology, social issues. No specialist knowledge is required.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • To demonstrate a good grasp of what GM crops are and of the most common methods used to engineer them.
  • To identify that GM crops are neither a 'magic bullet' to solve some of the problems that afflict humanity nor a ominous threat. What Gm crops are and do depends on the socio-environmental context in which they are grown (and used) and on the particular issue considered.
  • To demonstrate general knowledge of the regulations pertaining GM crops.
  • To be able to consume information about GM crops and related issues with a critical, discerning eye.
  • To acquire the necessary knowledge to further nurture one's interest in the topics discussed in class by for example finding more material regarding GM crops and related topics or by seeking opportunities to enrol on new courses.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • To be encouraged to remain engaged with and find out further information about GM crops; to seek further educational opportunities, such as enrolling on courses that may deal with topics discussed in class or related to them.

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Day School: GM Crops: Solution or Threat?

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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