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Social Aspects of Genomics and Personalised Medicine (SAGEP) (Module)

Module description

This module is designed to familiarise students with core social science perspectives on genomic and ‘personalised’ medicine, as well as with key contributions from the ELSA (ethical, legal, and social aspects of genomics) literature. It aims to equip students with an understanding of how social, political, economic and cultural aspects shape the development and use of medical technologies, and vice versa. Specifically, the module aims to:


  • Critically explore key contested social science perspectives on research-related, clinical, regulatory, social, economic, and economic dimensions of genomic and personalised medicine;
  • Critically illuminate the complex nature of multidisciplinary research on medicine, bioscience and society;
  • Equip students with the analytic and conceptual skills necessary for a critical and productive engagement with literature in both the life sciences and the social sciences at the interface of genomic medicine and society.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.  

Staff information

Dr Michelle Pentecost

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

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Key information

Module code 6SSHM002

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No