COLL-S 105 25489Biology of Cancer (Bender) (N&M) (3 cr.)

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM TR

Although being “for thinking” sounds like a cliché (and who would claim not to be for thinking, after all), I nevertheless feel compelled to say that I really am interested in trying to help students (and myself) to get better at thinking. This course is meant to help us to do so, in the context of learning about cancer. In particular, this course is meant to help us to get better at developing, clarifying, disentangling, and analyzing thoughts about cancer as well as to get better at finding and critically analyzing evidence concerning the validity of those thoughts. This course is also meant to help students to get better at communicating. Most of the homework assignments will include writing, and most of each class period will be devoted to small- group and whole-class discussions.

I would like for us to deal with aspects of cancer that students consider to be particularly interesting and important. The starting plan, which we can modify based on students’ interests, is that we will deal with various of the following topics and questions:

The Nature of Cancers

Cancer research

Risk Factors for Cancers

Detections of Cancers

Treatments of Cancers