2017 Clusters & Courses

Cognitive Neuroscience and Law offers an introduction to several important aspects of the study of the brain. Our cluster will include courses that include the basic principles of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemical processes, as well as a focus on the neurofunctionality of brain and... read more and view courses »

Does one government have the right to insist on another government’s adherence to human rights standards? Do corporations have an obligation to invest in the communities where they do business? How do we reconcile the need for development and need for conservation? Who gets to decide how natural... read more and view courses »

Discoveries based on awareness of the genomes of literally thousands of organisms inhabiting this planet have facilitated renewed emphasis on the study of life and its meaning in the social sciences and humanities as well as in the life sciences. For every individual, experiencing and living the... read more and view courses »

Health is affected, for better or worse, by almost every human act. Examining human health across regions, populations, and cultures reveals wide variations in health burdens and outcomes. However, how health inequity is generated and determining how to rectify it are complex processes requiring a... read more and view courses »

The Humanitarian Challenges seminars introduce students to global citizenship, the challenges that face societies in our contemporary world, and approaches of both thought and action that address these challenges. "Humanitarian" by definition implies promoting human welfare, social justice, and... read more and view courses »

This FOCUS cluster pursues themes associated with Duke's strategic goal of using knowledge in the service of society. Increasingly in American higher education, both public and private institutions are underscoring their commitment to civic engagement in their curricular and co-curricular offerings... read more and view courses »

When is it the right time to bluff in poker and diplomacy? Why do stock markets crash? How should the delivery of global healthcare be managed? And why do people have the values and beliefs that they do? All of these phenomena depend on models for the way that humans make decisions. This cluster,... read more and view courses »

Language is a unique faculty of the human species.  While other species may communicate in more limited ways about their immediate physical environment, only humans have developed language permitting a full narrative characterization of events and circumstances outside of the here and now. Language... read more and view courses »

The men and women of the Middle Ages and Renaissance designed, bargained and explored the world around them with the same enthusiasm and sophistication as today. The questions and the ideas that moved them continue to drive art, commerce and science. This cluster introduces students to the roots of... read more and view courses »

In this FOCUS cluster, we examine the making and remaking of the United States from a variety of perspectives--historical, political, philosophical, religious, legal and literary. What does America profess to value in its institutions, and what realities does it, in fact, institute? How are we to... read more and view courses »

The Middle East & Islam in Global Contexts cluster offers students a multi-disciplinary approach (public policy, history, and documentary studies) for analyzing important case studies involving the Middle East and Islam. Countries of the Middle East, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Israel/... read more and view courses »

Over the last three hundred years, ideas of freedom have changed the world, contributing to the collapse of monarchy, the abolition of slavery, the promotion of women's rights, the rise of national independence movements, the advent of self-government, the rise of capitalism and the rise of... read more and view courses »

When is the right time to bluff in poker and diplomacy? How does a dating site find our right match? What needs to be done in order to stop an infectious disease from becoming epidemic? This cluster, with faculty from sociology, anthropology, statistics, and mathematics, will teach students how to... read more and view courses »