2020 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 »

Global Energy: Past, Present, and the Future offers an introduction to a wide range of topics related to energy. This interdisciplinary cluster applies approaches and methods from engineering, materials science, and social sciences including economics and history, to solve energy problems. It... 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 »

This cluster introduces students to a multidisciplinary study of citizenship. As a whole, these courses explore how debates around race, immigration, colonialism, labor, genetics, media and cultural representations and artistic performance shape ideas about who is included in and excluded from... 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 »

The return of religion to the public sphere in politics and the academy is one of the great surprises of the twenty-first century. It has given rise to new local, national and global politics and led to rethinking of the boundaries of science and religion. In this FOCUS cluster, we explore the new... read more and view courses »

The aim of this Focus cluster is to take a scholarly, interdisciplinary and, we hope, fun approach to science and technology and the ways in which they reach the public. Our cluster will be a cohort of four courses dedicated to various aspects of science’s place in the world, including: patient... read more and view courses »

Science, Mathematics and Harmony in the Renaissance” explores the many dimensions of science, mathematics and medicine at the historical moment when ancient fields of knowledge were transforming the sciences and the healing arts at the beginning of the modern world.  The cluster focuses in... 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 and Islam FOCUS cluster deepens students’ understanding of the region from three main disciplinary perspectives: public policy and politics, literature and religion, documentary studies and history.  In no other academic or intellectual context will students receive such a complete... 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 »