Courses

Fall 2023

Imagining the Future of Food

Course number: ENVIRON 338S-01
Curriculum codes: NS, R, STS
Course Description: Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool to identify the magnitude, type, and location of the environmental impacts caused by all the stages of a production process, from the gathering of raw materials to the disposal of the product at the end of its life. LCA is useful to better understand and estimate the environmental impacts associated to the production, transportation, storage, and waste of food for human consumption. This course introduces fundamental concepts and methods to conduct Environmental Life Cycle Assessments and trains students in the use of open-source software to conduct streamlined analyses.  It includes a discussion of the Economic-Input Output LCA (EIO-LCA) method which was theorized and developed by economist Wassily Leontief in the 1970s and applied to the U.S. economy in the 1990s by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University.  The course will pay special attention to the water and energy use associated with food production and processing.
Instructor: Dalia Patino Echeverri, Ph.D.

Course numbers: GSF 290S-03
Curriculum codes: ALP, CCI, CZ, EI, W
Course Description: Explores literary representations of American agriculture from the 19th century to the present in order to better understand how our collective cultural imagination about who farms and why both reflects and shapes America’s farmed landscapes. 
Instructor: Saskia Cornes, Ph.D.

Course numbers: ROMST 388S-01, CULANTH 389S-01, ITALIAN 388S-01, SOCIOL 388S-01
Curriculum codes: CCI, CZ, EI, S
Course Description: The function of food in society is not limited to mere sustenance. Food is an important source of cultural information and social meaning. Drawing from texts in multiple disciplines, in this course we will examine foodstuffs (products) and foodways (practices and rituals revolving around food) to understand their cultural significance and to gain insight into culturally specific ways of thinking semiotically about food.  We will explore how identity, for instance, gender, ethnic, class, religious identities are constructed through food production, preparation and consumption. We will reflect on the role of food in our own lives and that of the contemporary United States, with attention to how foodways embody the experiences of local and immigrant communities in the Triangle area and in the US in general. Experiential learning approaches in and outside the classroom are an integral part of the course. These include field assignments, food logs, visits to food production, consumption and marketing sites (from farm to market, supermarket and convenience stores to “ethnic stores and eateries”, and food trucks and chain restaurants ) and a dinner lab where we will cook and share meals together. By the end of the course students will have a better understanding of the multiple meanings of food and its link to culture, politics, power and identity and will have acquired a broader perspective from which to engage with cultures other than their own. 
Instructor: Luciana Fellin, Ph.D.

Course numbers: TBD
Curriculum codes: TBD
Course Description: TBD
Instructors: TBD

Oceans, Humans & Environmental Health

Course numbers: BIO 37A
Curriculum codes: NS,R, W
Course Description: Sensory physiological principles with emphasis on visual and chemical cues. Laboratories will use behavior to measure physiological processes.
Instructors: Daniel Rittschof, Ph.D. 

Course numbers: BIOLOGY 309A, ENVIRON 309A, GLHLTH 309A, MARSCI 309A
Curriculum codes: CCI, N, STS 
Course Description: This course will tie human and environmental health concerns explicitly to environmental water quality and disease transmission as well as the ecosystem services provided by marine environments that are valuable to both human and environmental health. For example, while sensitive to human impacts such as overfishing and eutrophication, coral reefs provide ecosystem services in the form of tourism, fisheries, storm protection and recreation while also providing critical habitat for marine organisms.
Instructors: Dana E. Hunt, Ph.D.

Course numbers: ENVIRON 573A
Curriculum codes: NS, STS 
Course Description: Sources, fate, and effects of organic, inorganic, and particulate pollutants in the marine environment. Topics include oil spills, coastal eutrophication, marine debris, harmful algae, sewage contamination, dredging, and emerging contaminants. Methods for measuring pollution in the marine environment and consequences for human and ecological health will be discussed. Case studies of impacted marine environments will be highlighted. Short local field trips possible. 
Instructors: P. Lee Ferguson, Ph.D.

Course numbers: TBD
Curriculum codes: TBD
Course Description: TBD
Instructors: TBD

Rights & Identities in the Americas

Course numbers: CULANTH 245S-01, LATAMER 246S-01, HISTORY 242S-01, RIGHTS 245S-01
Curriculum codes: 
CCI, CZ, W
Course Description: This course introduces students to the history of human rights in the Americas, with a focus on specific regions. We begin with the Conquest and cover the emergence of independent nation-states; the role of imposed economic policies, including neoliberalism; indigenous protest movements and their relationships to corporate interests; the civil rights movement; and the influence of the United States on human rights, government formation, immigration, and the drug trade. Instructor consent required.
Instructor: Robin Kirk

Course numbers: ROMST 389S, LINGUIST 389S-01
Curriculum codes: CCI, EI, SS
Course Description: This course brings together topics of language and human rights, focusing on situations of linguistic disparities in the Americas. We will explore questions of language contact, bilingualism, and endangered languages from the perspective of social injustices and human rights. We will also examine how language aids in the construct of social context and institutions and how it mirrors and sustains social realities, reflects on situations of oppression and how they are associated with sociolinguistic attitudes and behaviors. It also engages with the question of how in the US language rights can be seen as a legacy of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. All these explorations explicitly connect linguistic human rights with cultural and minority rights, from the right of maintaining one’s identity to sustaining practices of language justice. Instructor consent required.
Instructor: Liliana Paredes

Course numbers: ROMST 290S-01
Tentative curriculum codes: CCI, EI, ALP, CZ
Course Description: This course explores the question of rights and identities in the Americas through critical engagement with foundational texts associated with civil rights movements in the Americas, including Latin American and Latinx human rights struggles. This course prioritizes readings that support the experiential component of the cluster. Readings will include texts by Bartolomé de las Casas, José María Arguedas, José Mariátegui, Juan Acevedo, Jill Anderson, Gloria Anzaldúa and Maggie Loredo as well as Audre Lorde, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Baldwin. Films, songs, poetry, and graphic art will also constitute core texts. Instructor consent required.
Instructor: Melissa Simmermeyer

Course numbers: HISTORY 390S-01, CULANTH 290S-01, PUBPOL 290S-01, ROMST 390S-01
Curriculum codes: EI, R, SS, W
Course Description: Students will develop individual and team projects using primary and secondary sources collected throughout the semester, with a focus on human rights, history, activism, and scholarly engagement. Some students will work as a team on an ongoing project on mapping human rights in North Carolina, with a specific focus on indigenous and Latina/o and Latinx communities. Students are expected to draw heavily on the materials at the Duke Human Rights Archive. Travel over spring break is required, where the cohort will visit civil rights sites, sites of current activism, and indigenous/migrant communities.
Instructors: Liliana Paredes and Robin Kirk

Programs

Course Numbering

    • 0-99 Advanced Placement Credit; House Courses; First-Year Seminars; First-Year Writing; Registrar/Department special purpose
    • 100-199 Introductory-level undergraduate courses; basic skills/activity courses; foundation courses; Focus program courses
    • 200-399 Undergraduate courses above introductory level
    • 400-499 Advanced undergraduate, senior seminars, capstone courses, honors thesis courses
    • 500-699 Graduate courses open to advanced undergraduates