Courses

Fall 2021

Governance, Policy & Society

Course numbers: AAAS 290-01, POLSCI 390-2-01, PUBPOL 290-02
Curriculum codes: CCI, CZ, SS
Course Description: A critical analysis of South Africa’s policymaking and governance. Instructor consent required.
Instructors: Kerry L. Haynie, Ph.D. & Ralph B. Lawrence, Ph.D.

Course numbers: POLSCI 235S-01, PUBPOL 285S-01, ICS 213S-01, RIGHTS 235S-01, AAAS 234S-01
Curriculum codes: CCI, EI, SS
Course Description: A comparative examination and analysis of urban governance in South Africa and the U.S. Examines potential consequences of persistent racial and class disparities for housing and neighborhoods, public health, education, community infrastructure, and general economic and social development. Specific attention to how the physical layout, government structures, politics, culture, and the civil society of cities and urban areas may both promote and hinder human development and social justice.
Instructors: Kerry L. Haynie, Ph.D. & Ralph B. Lawrence, Ph.D.

Course numbers: POLSCI 236S-01, RIGHTS 236S-01, AAAS 237S-01
Curriculum codes: CCI, R, SS, W
Course Description: Advanced research and writing seminar. Participants produce a 30-40 page research paper based on fieldwork and archival research experiences in Durham and an approved South African city. Includes tutorials in research design and comparative research methods. There is a required fieldwork component of the course which entails a two-week trip to South Africa. Students will collect data, do interviews, visit municipals offices, and or spend time at NGOs in Pietermaritzburg. DukeImmerse students only. Instructor consent required.
Instructors: Kerry L. Haynie, Ph.D. & Ralph B. Lawrence, Ph.D.

Course numbers: POLSCI 319S-01, RIGHTS 319S-01
Curriculum codes: CCI, SS
Course Description: Intensive comparative examination of government, political cultures, and politics in the American States, including institutions (governors, legislatures, courts), history of federalism, policies, practices, and diverse cultural factors such as class, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, urban-rural-suburban residencies that affect state politics. 
Instructors: Kerry L. Haynie, Ph.D. 

Imagining the Future of Food

Course numbers: ENVIRON 228S-01, BIO 228S-01
Curriculum codes: NS, STS
Course Description: Incorporating agricultural practices and scientific experimentation, this course covers primary physiological processes from subcellular to whole plant that affect plant growth in a changing environment. Processes include photosynthesis, respiration, water relations, nutrient and carbohydrate allocation, signaling, and stress responses to various biotic and abiotic factors for a range of plant species adapted to different environments. Applications include plant improvement for food and biofuel production, management of plant growth in response to global change. Local field trips planned. DukeImmerse participants only; instructor consent is required. 
Instructor: Jean Cristophe Domec, Ph.D.

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.

Pandemics, Health & Power

Course numbers: BIO 153S, ENVIRON 153S, GLHLTH 153S
Curriculum codes: NS, STS, W
Course Description: This course explores interactions between organisms and their environments that impact human health and wellbeing.  We will examine the effects of climate change and human population growth on our food supply, water availability, the spread of disease, and ecosystem services. Case studies will be used to illustrate the scientific process, to evaluate supporting evidence, and to investigate ethical issues. Cross-listed between Biology, Global Health, and Environmental Studies and the fall seminar is affiliated with a Duke Immerse Cluster: Pandemics, Health & Power.
Instructor: Julie Reynolds Ph.D.

Course numbers: ICS 251S, GLHLTH 278S, RUSSIAN 278S, LIT 278S, ENGLISH 243S
Curriculum codes: ALP, CCI, EI, W
Course Description: The course is taught in English; Russian language skills are not necessary. This course explores past pandemics as a way to think about how to best live through COVID-19 and prevent or minimize future pandemics. Through examining literature and film, we will analyze the psychosocial dimensions of pandemics. We will read a variety of texts including histories,  fiction (Bulgakov, Porter, Tolstoy, Colson Whitehead); short essays; and films (e.g., Contagion, Outbreak). How do science, medicine, and society interact in a time of pandemics?  How do pandemics reveal social inequities, and how could we use this knowledge to decrease disparities? And why do people turn to the humanities and arts in times of pandemics?
Instructor: Jehanne Gheith, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.

Course numbers: WRITING 390S, GLHLTH 390S, PUBPOL 290S, RIGHTS 390S, ETHICS 390S
Curriculum codes: EI, R, SS, W
Course Description: Critical analysis of current discourses around “lives that matter,” especially Black and disabled lives and categories of “essential” work. Readings and discussions of the genres of writing and communication that bring these stories to life: fiction, life writing, critical essays, conversations, and global health policy documents regarding disparities of health, healthcare, and labor compensation. Analyze ethical debates on topics such as abuse in institutional settings, prioritization for vaccines, and global inequities in access to healthcare. Interrogate relationships between individuals and larger social structures, and consider consequences of both personal actions and public decisions. Consistent and sustained reflection on students’ growth as writers, and consideration of the broader social function of writing in its many forms. Interrogate how the voice relates to power and the social dynamics that give some populations more voice than others. Methods of ethical inquiry, scholarly research, rhetorical analysis, analytic writing, and advanced revision and editing techniques for publication. Qualitative research through site visits and interviews.
Instructor: Marion Quirici, Ph.D.

Course numbers: HIST 410S, RIGHTS 410
Curriculum codes: CZ, EI, STS
Course Description: Explores the history of aging and dying in the modern world, focused on the United States and the recent past. Integrates medical and humanistic approaches, giving students the chance to use philosophy, literature, and science together. Brings the history of medicine together with histories of race, gender, and religion. Aimed especially at pre-med students, but open to all.
Instructor: James Chappel, Ph.D.

Spring 2023

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 Latin America, with a focus on certain regions. We will 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; and the influence of the United States on human rights, government formation, immigration, and the drug trade.
Instructor: Robin Kirk

Course numbers: HISTORY 389S-02, PUBPOL 346S-02, RIGHTS 389S-02
Curriculum codes: CCI, CZ, EI, SS
Course Description: This course explores the relationship between the state, family formation, and individuals. Students will look closely at the regulation of sexuality, reproduction, adoption, immigration, and incarceration in the U.S. over the past 200 years using the writing of historians and other scholars, autobiography, and film. 
Instructor: Sarah Deutsch, Ph.D.

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. Students are expected to draw heavily on the materials at the Duke Human Rights Archive. Travel to Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico is required, where the cohort will visit indigenous communities and the neighborhoods where many Durham families have ties.
Instructors: Liliana Paredes, Ph.D. & Sarah Deutsch, Ph.D.

Course numbers: ROMST 389S-01, LINGUIST 389S-01
Curriculum codes: CCI, EI, SS
Course Description: This Duke Immerse course brings together topics of language and human rights, focusing on situations of linguistic disparities in the Americas. Explores questions of language contact, bilingualism, and endangered languages from perspectives of social injustices and human rights. Examines how language aids in the construct of social context and institutions and how it reflects and sustains social realities, reflecting on situations of oppression and how they are associated with sociolinguistic attitudes and behavior. Explores overlap of linguistic human rights with cultural and minority rights; all in connection to the right of maintaining one’s identity as well as sustaining human rights.
Instructor: Liliana Paredes, Ph.D.

Fall 2023

Oceans, Human & Environmental Health

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

Course numbers: BIO 373LA-02 LAB, ENVIRON 373LA-02 LAB, NEUROSCI 381LA-02 LAB (updated course numbers forthcoming)
Curriculum codes: NS,R, W (updated curriculum codes forthcoming)
Course Description: TBD
Instructors: Daniel Rittschof, Ph.D. 

Course numbers: BIO 308A-01 LEC, ENVIRON 308A-01 LEC, GLHLTH 308A-01 LEC (updated course numbers forthcoming)
Curriculum codes: CCI, N, STS (updated curriculum codes forthcoming)
Course Description: TBD
Instructors: Dana E. Hunt, Ph.D.

Course numbers: ENVIRON 390SA-01 SEM (updated course number forthcoming)
Curriculum codes: NS, STS (updated curriculum codes forthcoming)
Course Description: TBD
Instructors: P. Lee Ferguson, Ph.D.

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