Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3247: Politics of Biology

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

  • Meloni, M. (2016) Political Biology: Science and Social Values in Human Heredity from Eugenics to Epigenetics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Lewontin, R. (1991) Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA (New York: Harper Collins)
  • Nelkin, D. & Lindee, M. S. (1995) The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon (New York: W. H. Freeman and Co.)
  • Kevles, D. J. & Hood, L. (eds.) (1992) The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press)
  • Barker, G. (2015) Beyond Biofatalism: Human Nature for an Evolving World (New York: Columbia University Press)
  • Kronfeldner, M. (2018) What’s Left of Human Nature? : A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Account of a Contested Concept (MIT Press)
  • Lewens, T. & Hannon, E. (eds.) (2018) Why We Disagree About Human Nature (Oxford University Press)
  • Habermas, J. (2003) The Future of Human Nature (Cambridge: Polity Press)
  • Oyama, S. (2000b) Evolution’s Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide (Durham, NC.: Duke University Press)