Neuroscience & Society Curriculum

Neuroscience is relevant to many of the societal institutions that affect our lives, including business, law, education, medicine, and the military. This high school curriculum offers an in-depth focus on neuroscience through the lens of societal issues relevant to older teenagers.
How can understanding the brain help us build a better society?
Through interactive activities, projects, and discussions, students will learn that:

  • The brain and nervous system underlie all human behavior.
  • The brain is always changing.
  • Neuroscience informs individual decisions about personal health and wellness.
  • Many spheres of human life will be transformed by neuroscience in the coming decades.
  • Our understanding of the brain is still incomplete and rapidly evolving. 

The curriculum is designed to be appropriate for students ages 16-18.

It is recommended that the “Unit 1: Overview of the Brain” be included at the beginning to address common myths and misperceptions that students may have about the brain. The remaining units are each designed to take approximately two weeks of instructional time. The units can either stand alone or be combined into a semester-long course; finding connections across units provides opportunities for additional depth and exploration. 

Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Anatomy and Methods
Unit 3: Neurons and Neurotransmission
Unit 4: Drugs and Addiction
Unit 5: Education and Development
Unit 6: Mental Illness
Unit 7: Law and Criminology
Unit 8: Wellbeing