Knowledge in the Service of Society
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. This stems from an increased recognition of the important role that our colleges and universities play in helping to solve real world problems in our local, national and international communities. Duke’s commitment to civic engagement has been widely recognized, and students in this cluster will become widely familiar with how Duke is engaged with it is many communities.
Students enrolling in the FOCUS cluster will learn about, critique, and explore the conceptual underpinnings of the pursuit of civic engagement and will get real life experiences through a service learning course that places students in a Durham public school and a leadership course that provides students the opportunity to develop and act on enterprising civic engagement ideas.
Seminar: Education 111FS.01 — Pursuit of Equality: Rethinking Schools-Lens of Social Justice, (SS, CCI, EI)
- David Malone, Professor of the Practice, Program in Education
- Jan Riggsbee, Professor of the Practice, Program in Education
- Jeffrey Forbes, Associate Professor of Practice in Computer Science
In 1954 the Supreme Court case Brown versus the Board of Education forever changed American schools by ending segregation and creating educational equity. Or did it? Are today's schools any more inclusive or socially just than schools were 50 years ago? Examination of ways schools may or may not perpetuate and reproduce social inequities. Focus on recent efforts to imagine and create socially-just schools. Discussion of our ethical responsibilities as civically engaged citizens to work towards educational equality and provide support of schools that are inclusive, culturally responsive, and democratic. Required service-learning experience working with children in a Durham public school.
Seminar: Education 113.01FS — Enterprising Leadership and Civic Engagement, (EI, SS)
Lisa Beth Bergene, Associate Dean for East Campus
How do you make change happen? Is community service enough? Spend the semester developing and implementing an idea to improve the first-year experience at Duke. Examine ethical issues that arise when engaging in community service. Dive deeply into systematic issues of inequality and discuss how everyday citizens can lead efforts to bring about change. Learn about different models of leadership and how leadership intersects with social change. Explore and enhance your own abilities as a leader. This course incorporates opportunity for reflection and a high level of interaction with classmates.
Seminar: Education 112FS — Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the U.S. (ALP, CCI, EI)
Jehanne Gheith, Associate Professor of Russian Culture and Clinical Social Worker for Duke Hospice
Examines policy issues in end of life care by considering personal and societal ethical issues. Cross-cultural analysis of end of life care addressing ethical issues among diverse populations: how do different cultural attitudes to dying, death, and health affect end of life care? Ethical issues include discussion of Death with Dignity/Physician Assisted Suicide, access to health care, whether/how long to keep people alive on machines, and how these decisions are made. Course includes perspective and anticipates debate on how art and literature are important for social change.
Seminar: DOCST 209FS: Digital Photography: Education, Childhood and Growth (EI, ALP)
Susie Post-Rust, Lecturing Fellow of Documentary Studies
Few experiences are more vital than childhood! Using digital photography and a documentary approach, this course will explore one of Durham's public schools. Each Duke student will produce a semester-long project that speaks to the heart of the school, the teachers, the students, or the community. Through each project, students will explore meaningful topics, give a voice to their subjects and think about the issues that grow out of change. Collectively the class' body of work will show the life of the school and the community. This is a service learning course, and the culmination of the class will be a student exhibit and website launch which will take place publicly at the school. All prints and the website are given to the school as a gift. Discussions on ethical issues that emerge as a result of digital photographic impermanence.