Fall Semester 2016 House Courses

59.01 Good Eats: Food, Biochemistry, and the Science of What We Eat

Tuesdays, 4:40 - 5:55 pm, Keohane 4B 402 Sem

Brian Coggins, Biochemistry

Aditya Mukund                    

Class limit: 25

Based on Harold McGee's classic On Food and Cooking, this course will examine the biochemistry behind the foods most of us eat on a daily basis. The rise of new cooking techniques such as molecular gastronomy have brought together chemistry, physics, and food science, and have broken down the barriers between the laboratory and the kitchen. Each class meeting will focus on a particular food, such as doughs, fish, or sugars, and the science of cooking that food. The class will be centered around mandatory readings.

59.02 Personal Finance: Managing Your Money

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Keohane 4E Atrium

John Caccavale, Economics

Cannon Duke                     
Justin Rosenblum              
Neda Jamshidi-Azad         

Class limit: 30

The course is focused on teaching students fiscal responsibility and learning about various ways of saving, types of loans, and other topics related to surviving in the real world. This coursewill teach you how to fiile tax returns, create a budget, understand different types of investments,and help you create a sustainable future.

59.03 After We Die: The Body in Scientific and Ethical Contexts

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Room 201, Keohane Quad 4D

Jehanne Gheith, Slavic & Eurasian Studies

Sarah Jacobs                       
Megan Rise                          

Class limit: 12

Death is an inevitable part of the human experience. However, a few of us think about what will happen to our bodies after we die. In the course, students investigate and discuss the nature and treatment of the dead body and the transformations which it undergoes, physically and ontologically. What constitutes death? When does a "person" become a "corpse"? Where do the cadavers in a gross anatomy lab come from? Who owns a dead body? In taking this course, students develop an understanding of death and the body that will allow them to think critically about the ethical implications of the medical and nonmedical use of the body, technical scientific practice, and current ethical dilemmas. Readings consist of scholarly articles, contemporary news, medical texts, historical documents, and popular science literature.

59.04 Personalizing Health Care in the 21st Century

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 pm, Keohane 4B, 402 Sem

Ralph Snyderman, Department of Medicine

Natalie Moszcynski          

Class limit: 15

This course will explore topics related to personalized healthcare and its potential to change how we approach health. These topics will address major policy and research efforts related to personalized medicine and personalized health care such as President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and the Affordable Care Act. We will explore how healthcare and medicine have evolved towards personalization over the last few decades.

The course will focus on prevention, personalized and predictive medicine, and current integrative strategies for improving how individuals manage their own health. We will use the specific example of Personalized Health Care, a method being developed and tested here at Duke. We will discuss the opinions of students, highlight how current events apply to our topic, and connect the readings to presentations by guest speakers who are experts in personalized health care, including Dr. Ralph Snyderman, Chancellor Emeritus of Duke Health Systems who has been deemed “the Father of Personalized Medicine” by many. Students will be given the opportunity to work in groups to apply what they have learned to specific healthcare scenarios.

59.05 Introduction to Financial Markets, Investing, and Valuation

Sundays, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, location TBA

Emma Rasiel, Economics

Albert Li                                 
Travis Wolf                            

Class limit: 75

This house course is designed as an introduction to the financial markets, investment theory, and valuation. It provides the Duke community with a class on general financial knowledge and serves as a gateway into an analyst role for the Duke Investment Club, which manages a $50,000 portion of the Duke Endowment on behalf of the Duke Management Company (DUMAC). This course assumes little-to-no prior knowledge about finance and aims to provide students with an understanding of how the markets work, how to invest, and how to value a business. The knowledge and the skills that will be developed throughout the semester will be useful for both students who are interested in a career in finance, as well as for students who are looking to learn about how to invest their own money. This course is particularly intended for freshmen and sophmores interested in joining the Investment Club, and covers the same material as the Investment Club's extensive training program.

59.06 Visions of Freedom: Justice and Legitimacy

Mondays, 8:00 - 9:15 pm, Keohane 4D, 201 Sem

Michael Gillespie, Political Science

James Ferencsik                 
Peter Hase                            
Adam Lemon                       

Class limit: 20

In this course, we will examine the political ideologies that most heavily influence conceptions of legitimacy and justice in the United States and around the world. We will place a special emphasis in the second half of the course on the ideologies that do not come from the Western tradition. Given that these philosophies and ideologies and theories also did not spread in a vacuum, we will devote a portion of each class to the factors that create environments conducive to the spread of these ideologies. At the end of the course, we will explore whether globalization is producing global conceptions of justice and legitimacy.

59.07 Harry Potter and Christian Thought

Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Few FF 101

Mark Goodacre, Religion

Zachary Heater                    
Katie Becker                         

Class limit: 18

Since the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer;s Stone in 1997, the Harry Potter series has consistently topped lists of banned and challenged books (American Library Association). The most outcry has come from Christians, who have called the books "anti-Christian,"sinful," and "luring children towardsthe occult." Christian leaders, including Dr. James Dobson of the organization Focus on the Family, and even Pope Benedict XVI, urged parents not to let their children read the books. In spite of these attacks, J.K. Rowling has onsistently reminded readers that she is a practicing Christian and that her books have profound Christian messages.

Jesus Christ and Harry Potter are arguably two of the most popular literary heroes of all time, and their stories have impacted and continue to impact people all over the world. This course will explore Christian themes in the Harry Potter books, including ideas about good, evil, sin, grace, salvation, and justice. It will explore a variety of questions, including: Is Harry Potter a Christ figure? Should Harry Potter be read as an explicit Christian allegory? What does Harry Potter say about death, resurrection, and salvation? Did J.K. Rowling intentionally include Christian messages in her novels? Does authorial intent matter? What is the impact of Christian messages in Harry Potter? Can Christian themes helps explain the wild sucess of the eries? Why have the books been called heretical? Our analysis will draw on writings by influential Christian theologians, relevant scripture passages, and, or course, the Harry Potter books and films.

Prerequisite: Familiarity with the Harry Potter series. The course is designed to be accessible to students of all faith backgrounds and academic disciplines.

59.08 Women and International Development

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Keohane 4B 402

Sherryl Broverman, Biology & Global Health Institute

Sabriyya Pate                       
Adam Bullock                       

Class limit: 18

This course is an overview of the issues facing women in international development. We will focus on women in developing nations, and each class will cover a different pertinent topic, from HIV/AIDS to access to secondary education. We will examine these issues from multiple perspectives, including public policy, cultural anthropology and human rights viewpoints. The main topics covered are women’s health, women’s education and women’s economic contributions. Throughout our discussions, we will be exploring organizations dedicated to ameliorating gender disparities.

59.09 Constructing the New Black Man: Black Masculinities, Feminism, and Communal Empowerment

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Keohane 4D 201

Mark Anthony Neal, African and African American Studies

Henry Washington               

Class limit: 20

How is it that our social practices construct certain performances of gender? How do those perfomances, the product of relentless and pervasive socialization, inform a body's relationship to systemic power? How are the norms around gender performance and sexuality different in black communities, and why? How are black men (and black male students in particular) both overtly and covertly complicit in ther perpetuation of sexism and homophobia against their black peers? And how are these forms of oppression counterproductive to community building and black empowerment schema? College campuses are fascinating spaces for gender socialization, especially given the context of Duke as a predominately-white institution of higher learning amid culminating tensions around the stagnance of race relations on college campuses throughout America. These tensions necessitate spaces of empowerment and safety for black students immersed in the struggle of social reforms, spaces they often seek in their racial or ethnic communities. Subsequently, this course seeks to examine the intersectional nature of black students' identities, probing how students' experiences  of their communities of supposed racial empowerment. Often 'new racism(s)---' the sexism of misogy(noir), heteropatriarchy, queerphobia, etc., in these communities can mirror the kinds of oppression that whites maintain against blacks in America.To arrive at a better place, a growing community of 'new black men', this course hopes to bring clarity to black mens' often discombobulating experiences of masculinity in white spaces, while simutaneously promulgating more conscious ways of communal engagement around non-normative identites.

59.10 Sexual Health Peer Education: Condoms & Counseling

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Keohane 4D 201 Sem

Rebecca Bach, Sociology     

Riyanka Ganguly                 
Ilana Weisman                     
Whitney Hazard                   

Class limit: 15

College students aren’t always well informed on their sexual health – and on this campus, we can’t even have conversations about sexual health and pleasure comfortably. As we create a new sexual health resource center on campus, we need students to engage in such dialogue and be able to act as real-life information hubs. This course will prepare students to be peer advisors at a new sexual health resource center on campus.

59.11 Tools for Financial Coaching

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Wannamaker C004R

Kathy Sikes, DukeEngage     

Clara Wang                           
Jasmine Tan                         

Class limit: 25

This service-learning course provides students with the practical, theoretical, and contextual knowledge to be able to walk with and advocate for individuals experiencing poverty and housing insecurity. Students will learn to serve as financial coaches and learn about successful tools and habits for personal financial management. Student will have the opportunity to interface with Durham community leaders, who will join the course as guest speakers. Equipped by course readings, class discussions and training exercises, students will volunteer weekly with the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), a student-driven non-profit organization which pairs teams of volunteers to work one-on-one with individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

59.12 Beyond the Baguette: Reexamining Franco-American Relations and Perceptions

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Few FF 101

Deb Reisinger, Romance Studies     

Zoë Baker                             

Class limit: 15

We seek to explore the relationship between the United States and France. We look at modern beginnings of this relationship, starting with the American Revolution and work our way up to modern day and current issues. We will explore the different facets of this relationship through various cultural lenses, including discussions of cuisine, literature, cinema, and current events.

59.13 American Foreign Policy through "The West Wing"

Mondays, 7:45 - 9:15 pm, Keohane Atrium 4E

Peter Feaver, Political Science     

Matthew King                       
Amy Kramer                         

Class limit: 30

This course seeks to explore American foreign policy through the lens of Aaron Sorkin's award-winning TV series, "The West Wing." Using episodes to launch discussions on grand strategy and America's role abroad, students will have the opportunity to learn about current events around the globe, analyze trends for different spheres of conflict, scrutinize publications and statements by leading government officials, debate U.S. policy in two key areas, and challenge their own existing moral and ethical beliefs with regard to foreign policy. Each week's class will have a broad theme in which we will analyze relevant episodes of "The West Wing" in conjunction with more scholarly publications. The course will attempt to cover a wide range of American foreign policy areas to provide a brief overview and fundamental understanding of America's role abroad and some of the challenges - legal, political, ethical, and moral - the the President of the United State faces when shaping such policy. While the course is not intended to serve as an exhaustive introduction to American foreign policy, our goal is for students to emerge from the class with an expanded knowledge of these topics and a deeper interest in the subject of American grand strategy.

59.14 Come to the Streets: June 2013 Protests in Brazil

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Keohane 4D 201 Sem

John French, History

Luiza Perez                           
Matheus Dias                                                      

Class limit: 15      

The date in June 13, 2013 and a small group, mostly teenagers and college students, call for people to "Come to the Streets!" to protest and increase in the price of public transportation. It was by no means the first demonstration in restless Sao Paulo, the third largets metropolis in the world. This time, however, something unique happened. As the demonstrators were violently supressed by the police, they backed off, shouting "Amanha vai ser maior!" ("Tomorrow will be greater!") No one could have predicted how correct they were. As images of this scene of violence spread on social media, an upsurge of rebelliousness spread throughout the city. Within twenty-four hours, tens of thousands mobilized to occupy the most important streets of the city. There was neither established leadership, a common strategy, or shared demands. Over the next few months, the wave of protests spread as more than two million people went into the streets, united by their conviction that they had had enough.

Both of the instructors of this course witnessed these historical events and participated in many of the protests. Three years later, they will review with their fellow students what happened during these months that changed the Brazilian political scenario forever. The class will focus on a sociological, political, and cultural analysis of the protests, while using the instructors' personal experiences to shed some light on this unexpected popular uprising.

59.15 Neglected Tropical Diseases

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:30 pm, Keohnae 4D 201 Sem

David Toole, Global Health

John Lu                                 
Keni Lin                                belle.lin@duke.edu

The purpose of this course is to survey the 17 negltected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the biological and the broader societal contexts, and to analyze some of their social and ethical implications. This course will also cover the current status of NTDs. Opportunities will be provided to engage in NTD advocacy on a national and international level.

59.16 Altruism and the Ethics of Giving

Mondays, 6:20 - 7:35 pm, Keohane 4B 402 Sem

Jesse Summers, Kenan Institute for Ethics

Why is it important to give to others? Is it morally obligatory, or an action "above and beyond" what morality requires? And how should we even understand giving? Is it an expression of evolutionary urges? Is it he triumph of self-sacrifice over rationality? What should we give, and how much? In its extreme forms, some people give away all of their possessions, their time, sometimes even their health and lives: is it a sign of sainthood or mental illness?

We will approach these and other questions as we consider the morality, rationality, and practicality of giving and altruism. The course will proceed philosophically through careful discussion of arguments about giving and related issues. Students will engage in the discussion and write one paper assessing an argument and another making an argument of their own, both of which will asses and build on philosophical and practical positions around giving.