Spring Semester 2016 House Courses

59.01   China in the 21st Century

Mondays, 8:30-10:00pm, Keohane 4B 401LR

Sponsor/Department:            Emerson Niou, Political Science
Instructors:                               Emma Campbell-Mohn         emc36@duke.edu
                                                   Matt Hamilton                           mmh42@duke.edu   

Class limit:  20

This course will provide the context, and introduce the central themes necessary to understand the essential role of China in shaping the twenty-first century. It is meant to be a springboard to productive discussion by providing a sufficient baseline of knowledge and a forum for conversation, debate and questioning of the central issues for China’s burgeoning role in the world.

We will divide the course into three sections: a history (weeks 1-4), an introduction to contemporary challenges (weeks 5-11), and an examination of future prospects for China’s role in the region and the world order (weeks 12 and 13).

59.02   The Theology of C.S. Lewis in “The Chronicles of Narnia”

Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm, Wannamaker CR 002

Sponsor/Department:           David Need, Religious Studies        
Instructors:                              Jonah Yousif                               jey5@duke.edu
                                                  Nathan Hsieh                             nnh@duke.edu
                                                  Olivia Lin                                      oml@duke.edu

Class limit:  18

The course aims to give students an in-depth encounter with the works of C.S. Lewis through the lenses of The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity. The essential structure will be to supplement our reading of the Chronicles by supplying insight into Lewis’s thought and context. Class sessions will have a mix of 1) brief presentations on topics such as allegory as a mode of thought and the historical and intellectual contexts for Lewis’ writing, and 2) discussion.

59.03   Does God Exist? Does Morality Depend on Religion? – A Look at Both Sides

Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm, Wannamaker 001R

Sponsor/Department:            Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Department of Philosophy
Instructor:                                 Jason Guo                                  jg241@duke.edu

Class limit:  30
Background: Today, three-fourths of Americans identify as Christian. However, the number of people unaffiliated with any religion has risen steadily over the past decade. As a result, academic dialogue about God and religion would benefit everyone.

Purpose: In the first part of this course, our discussion will focus on whether or not God exists. We will base our discussion on the primary talking points in the book, “God? A Debate Between A Christian And An Atheist,” co-authored by William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Craig presents five arguments in favor of the existence of God and Sinnott-Armstrong presents three arguments in favor of the non-existence of God. Each week, we will discuss an argument from the book in detail.

In the second part of this course, we will look more closely at the relations between religion and morality. We will compare secular morality versus religious morality and ask whether morality makes sense without God as well as whether religious belief makes people more moral. The course will conclude with a class on humanist ethics.

59.04   Condoms and Counseling: Sexual Health at Duke

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

Sponsor/Department:             Rebecca Bach, Sociology
Instructors:                                Riyanka Ganguly                      rg154@duke.edu
                                                    Ilana Weisman                         jbw3@duke.edu     

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.

59.05   Intersectional Queer Narratives

Tuesdays, 8:00-9:30pm, Few FF 101

Sponsor/Department:           stef m. shuster, Thompson Writing Program
Instructors:                              Elizabeth Burnette              emb62@duke.edu
                                                  Savannah Lynn                   sgl8@duke.edu
                                                 Jennifer Park                         jp311@duke.edu

Class limit:   20

This course will focus on an exploration of marginalized sexual and gender identities and the ways in which different disciplines from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities make sense of, theorize, and analyze queer narratives.

Over the semester we will pay attention to the connections between individual lived experiences, and the broader contexts which shape these narratives. This course will be of particular interest to:
•    those who want to explore and gain new understanding of these issues and perspectives
•    those who want to becomes better allies to those with marginalized sexual and gender identities
•    those who may be questioning a marginalized sexual/gender identity

59.06   Neglected Tropical Diseases: Trapping 1.5 Billion People in Poverty

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

Sponsor/Department:            David Toole, Duke Global Health Institute
Instructors:                               John Lu                             john.lu@duke.edu
                                                   Asha Nanda                     an125@duke.edu
Class limit:   15

The purpose of this course is to survey the 17 neglected 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 NTD research and implications of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on NTDs. Guest lecturers will include Steve Taylor, MD MPH, on his research on human African trypanosomiasis, Phil Reinhart on how to get involved with NTDs at Duke, and Jeffrey Moe, PhD, who authored the paper that led to the FDA’s priority review voucher for neglected diseases.  

59.07   Durham Giving Project

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

Sponsor/Department:            Sam Miglarese, Program in Education
Instructors:                               Shangnon Fei                     scf14@duke.edu
                                                   Aliza Makhani                      aliza.makhani@duke.edu

Class limit:   15

The Durham Giving Project has two major components:
    1) Establishing a broader understanding of Durham, its struggles and its triumphs
    2) Creating a giving circle to fund grants for local non-profit organizations

After learning about the history of Durham and discussing current events, the class will review grant applications from non-profit organizations within the Duke-Durham neighborhood partnership. The class will decide how to distribute and allocate funds among these organizations.

To prepare for the grant distribution process, students will learn about philanthropy and the philosophy of giving.  Throughout the 12 weeks of the course, students will be taught about the rich history of Durham and the social justice issues that impact the city today.  We hope that by teaching students about issues that impact their immediate environment they will be inspired to act and create positive social change.  By the end of the course, students will have:
•    Discussed the influence of historical legacy in understanding social justice issues that affect the city today
•    Learned about each of the three social justice issues central to the Durham Giving Project: economic development, youth & education, and healthcare.
•    Assessed Duke’s vision and role of philanthropy in the community
•    Developed skills on how to successfully complete the grant-making process

59.08   An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into HIV/AIDS

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, Keohane 4B, 402LR

Sponsor/Department:              Kearsley Stewart, Duke Global Health Institute
Instructor:                                   Jenny (Jinwei) Li               jjl31@duke.edu

Class limit:   10

HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic that has affected millions of people worldwide. Traditional study into this subject has largely focused on gaining a better understanding of the science behind HIV/AIDS. This house course will provide a multidisciplinary approach to the subject, exploring topics and issues that go far beyond the science, issues that are just as important to comprehending the effect of HIV/AIDS. Topics explored range from faith to gender to contemporary media portrayals, all revolving around HIV/AIDS. This course was created from the Duke University student organization, Know Your Status, and looks to increase awareness about the different issues related to HIV/AIDS within the Duke population.

59.09   Personalizing Health in the 21st Century

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

Sponsor/Department:             Ralph Snyderman, Sanford School of Public Policy
Instructor:                                  Natalie Moszczynski         nem12@duke.edu  

Class limit:   10

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.

59.10   B.N. Duke Carolina Carolina Summer of Service

Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Bell Tower 110

Sponsor/Department:           Jenette Wood Crowley, History
Instructors:                              Jack Bradford                       jack.bradford@duke.edu
                                                  Taylor Panzer                        taylor.panzer@duke.edu
                                                  Shubham Patel                    shubham.patel@duke.edu

Class limit:   10

This course will prepare the B.N. Duke Freshmen Scholars for the Carolina Summer of Service. By engaging with readings, class discussions, guest speakers and films students with begin to understand the Georgetown, SC community they will work with during the summer of 2016. They will learn how to impact the community in a positive way; connect with segments of the community that the program has not previously been successful in reaching; approach people as “partners” rather than “clients”; employ the idea of sacrifice; focus on assets over needs, solutions over problems; and most importantly—listen more than they talk.

59.12   Intergenerational Ethics: An Intergenerational Perspective on Contemporary Issues and Practical Ethic

Sundays, 2:00-3:30pm, 201 Bishop’s House

Sponsor/Department:           Betsy Alden, Kenan Institute of Ethics
Instructors:                              Melissa Letzler                     melissa.letzler@duke.edu
                                                  Carl Cedarholm                   carl.cedarholm@duke.edu

Class limit:   10
This class explores different generational perspectives on the ethical issues relating to current events. The approach is interactive; eight to ten undergraduates partner with the “overgrads” in OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) to pursue and share perspectives on current issues. The emphasis of this course is to better fine tune your ethical code, and where you derive it from. Our guiding question for all discussion is from Socrates: “How, then, shall we live?” The issues-- topics of social and political interest with ethical grounding--provide the fodder for exploration and discovery.

59.13   Introduction to Experiential Education

Wednesdays, 7:30-10:00pm, GA Downunder

Sponsor/Department:            Gunther Peck, History
Instructors:                               Kyrstin Lulow                      kyrstin.lulow@duke.edu
                                                   Nicholas Ngare                  nicholas.ngare@duke.edu

Class limit:   80

This course provides an introduction to experiential education, the process of internalizing knowledge inspired by challenging one’s self. Students will explore such themes as stereotypes and perceptions, risk-taking, leadership and facilitation, group dynamics, experiences in nature, and connection to the world at large. Through small group discussions, assigned readings, group activities, and field trips, this course provides students with a unique opportunity to contemplate their relationships with others, their environment, and themselves. Unconventional methods of teaching and learning will be investigated in order to engage students in a process of self-discovery. A backpacking trip to Pisgah National Forest, a student-designed weekend excursion, volunteering in the Durham community, and a final teaching assignment will allow students to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the course.

59.14   Women and International Development

Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm, Keohane B, 201D

Sponsor/Department:              Sherryl Broverman, BIology
Instructors:                                 Danielle Sumner              danielle.sumner@duke.edu
                                                     Sweet Hope Mapatano    sweethope.mapatano@duke.edu

Class limit:   15

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.

59.15   Science of Malaria

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm, Keohane 4D, 201SR

Sponsor/Department:             Carlos Rojas, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Instructors:                                Rifat Rahman                    rsr26@duke.edu
                                                    Kehaan Manjee                 khm7@duke.edu

Class limit:   8

The story of malaria goes something like this… so a man, a mosquito, and Plasmodium walk into the world. Sounds harmless enough, right? How did this parasite originally come to infect humans—did it just have a bad day? This class documents the million-year old war between man and mosquito. A major focus is on the emergence of drug resistance in Southeast Asia and its potential to spread to sub-Saharan Africa. We aim to interrogate the biology of infection: How does the malaria parasite ‘outsmart’ our immune system? How does it make us sick? Where has malaria left its fingerprints in the human genome? And, how can we harness our knowledge of malaria biology to improve health? Lastly, a portion of the class will be devoted to the economic analysis of malaria and poverty. A strong interest in biology is recommended.

59.16   Tools for Financial Coaching

Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm, Wannamaker Common Room 04

Sponsor/Department:               Kathy Sikes, Program in Education
Instructors:                                  Jasmine Tan                     jasmine.tan@duke.edu
                                                      Clara Wang                      clara.wang@duke.edu

Class limit:   30

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.

59.17   Personal Finance: Managing Your Money

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm, Keohane 4D, 301LR

Sponsor/Department:          John Caccavale, Economics
Instructors:                             Jennifer Garand                  jag58@duke.edu
                                                  Emilie Melvin                      emm44@duke.edu

Class limit:   35

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

59.18   Beyond Build: Perspectives on Service and Mentorship

Mondays, 7:00-8:15pm, Keohane 4D, 201SR

Sponsor/Department:             Adam Hollowell, Public Policy
Instructors:                                Logan Beyer                      logan.beyer@duke.edu
                                                    Sydney Speizman             sydney.speizman@duke.edu  

Class limit:   15

This course was created with the goal of expanding upon the conversations started at Project BUILD in an academic, analytical context. Though the curriculum occasionally references specific BUILD activities, any student is welcome to enroll. The class will be divided into two overarching themes: The first portion of the class will focus on the four models of civic engagement defined by Samuel Wells, a former dean here at Duke. We will spend one class introducing this framework, and the next 8 classes alternating back and forth between an academic discussion of each model (with speakers) and actual engagement within Duke and Durham. This service portion of the class will culminate in a paper in which students select a local service organization, analyze what model it subscribes to, and then discuss the pros and cons of this choice. The second half of the course will be centered around mentorship – in a way, an extension of Wells’ “being with” model of service. We will discuss facilitating open conversations around diversity and identity, using case studies around how to be there for struggling friends and fellow students at Duke. The final paper will be an analysis of service, both to the Durham community and to one another, within the context of Project BUILD, discussing the way service and mentorship are currently done and how they might be improved in the future.

59.19   Leadership in Action: Finding your Vision and Implementing It

Mondays, 7:30-9:30pm, Keohane 4E, 101

Sponsor/Department:            Julie Tetel Andresen, Linguistics
Instructors:                               Mary Wilson                        mjw41@duke.edu
                                                   Setonji Agosa                      setonji.agosa@duke.edu

Class limit:   20

This course uses methods from psychology, linguistics, education, markets and management and
social entrepreneurship. The purpose of this house course is to foster a synergetic community
where students can explore the vision building process and begin to take steps to implement their
vision. We will begin by reflecting on global and personal events that might inspire one’s vision.
From there we will move into considering how visions are implemented by considering framing,
setting goals, dealing with setbacks, and connecting with mentors. The final project will involve
giving a TED talk about one’s vision and their work thus far on their actualization of that
vision. This is a continuation from the Leadershape Institute, but it is not required that students
have participated in the Institute for this class. There will be space for conversations and
reflections based off of student interests and assigned readings in order to help students start to
think about life alignment. There will be guest speakers from Duke Hospital, Theatre Studies,
UCAE, Linguistics and Public Policy. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with
design thinking and facilitating conversations. Additionally, they will have pitched their vision
and will have taken concrete steps forward towards actualization.

59.20   Principles of Modern Web and Mobile Application Design

Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm, Few HH001

Sponsor/Department:            Susan Rodger, Computer Science
Instructors:                              Jesse Hu                              jesse.hu@duke.edu
                                                  Davis Gossage                   davis.gossage@duke.edu

Class limit:   40

This class provides an in-depth understanding of modern web applications and mobile applications. Students will be assigned weekly readings that will explain core concepts involved in application design, such as semantic markup, separation of concerns between styling, structure, and function, prototypical inheritance, statelessness, the HTTP protocol, and many others. Students will then complete weekly homework assignments and a final project that asks them to apply their knowledge in developing a full application.