I was curious so I googled. Lots of course descriptions online; here is a random one from a UC location. It sounds like Marxist indoctrination... so you are right you likely are hearing nonsense.I still don't know what "contemporary" means in the context of this class haha. But the contemporary biology class is a class for non-biology majors who need a bio class to fulfill their general studies requirements. For example, I am a computer science major but I need 2 quarters of biology for generals. Contemporary bio is a lot easier and watered down than general biology because it's created for people who aren't biology-oriented.
BIO 001: Contemporary Biology
Introduces the major concepts in biology including origin of life, evolution, DNA, genes and genomes. Principles and patterns of inheritance, biotechnology, biodiversity, earth systems, environments and disease relationships in addition to ecosystem structures, function, nutrient cycles, pollution, and genotypes to phenotypes.