Courses & Units

Biology and Society KPZ305



This unit examines contemporary theories and concepts in ecology and evolutionary biology in terms of the ways that these ideas are used to inform both scientific progress and public debate. Modern biological theories are profoundly affecting the ways that we view developmental biology, macroevolution, conservation, the impacts of introduced species, and the role of Darwinism in social policy. The unit is designed to develop critical thinking and debate about selected, currently topical concepts in Biology through a series of structured readings, self-guided research and group discussions. The emphasis is on improving skills in finding and collating scientific evidence, understanding and evaluating competing arguments, and integrating and presenting scientific arguments in a professional manner. As such the unit provides a unique opportunity to explore a current topic in more depth than is possible in Level 200 units. By doing so, you should develop the skills of critical thinking and scientific debate that will be useful in getting more out of Level 300 units and which are essential for honours and postgraduate units.


Unit name Biology and Society
Unit code KPZ305
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology

Assoc Prof LA Barmuta

Teaching staff

Staff of the School of Biological Sciences.

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010915

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Any two of:

KPZ211, KZA212, KPZ215, KPA214, KGA223, KGA213, KGA209, KLA210, KLA256, KLA255, KSM201,KSM202

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Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 2-hr practical/workshop weekly (13 wks)


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