Bass Connections in Education & Human Development: Courses

Bass Connections in Education & Human Development

Gateway Courses

EHD 290S-01 & 290S-02: Social Science Research Lab

Spring 2018; may be offered again in Spring 2019
Lab Contact: Jessica Sperling

Do you want to get on-the-ground experience in applied social science research? The Social Science Research Lab engages students in project-based learning in social science research principles and their real-world application. In Spring 2018, two courses will be offered (both Tu/Th, 1:25-2:40):

  • Evaluating Health Innovation (EHD 290S-02, SS): This course will count as an elective for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate and the Science & Society Certificate; it can also serve as a Civic Engagement & Social Change Certificate elective if aligned with a student’s pathway within the certificate. This course is in partnership with the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, which promotes transformative innovation in health and healthcare. It will include a dual focus on 1) methods and practices in social science research, including community-based and applied practice; and 2) substantive issues related to the partner, including healthcare as a cause and consequences of social problems, evolution of healthcare financing and administration, and innovation’s role in solving healthcare challenges. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained through project-based evaluation consulting work with the Duke Institute for Health Innovation.
  • Community Data in Action (EHD 290S-01, SS): This course will count as an elective for the Civic Engagement & Social Change Certificate and for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate. This course is in partnership with DataWorks, which provides a platform for connecting and making accessible neighborhood-level data indicators. It will include a dual focus on 1) methods and practices in social science research, including community-based and applied practice; and 2) substantive issues related to the partner, including: industrial history and its influence on urban geography, real estate markets and neighborhood change, and contemporary challenges of urban planning and community economic development. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained through project-based work with DataWorks.

Students in each course will have the option of enrolling in second-semester component with ongoing research/evaluation consulting partnership. The Lab is intended for undergraduates, ranging from first-years to seniors, who are interested in applied research. It will prepare students for future research endeavors at Duke and beyond, including participation in Bass Connections projects. The Lab is based in Duke’s Social Science Research Institute. For more information, contact Jessica Sperling.

Other Undergraduate Courses

I&E/EDUC 262: The 21st Century Student: Open Knowledge and Education Innovation

TBD
Instructor: Aria Chernik

According to 20th-century progressive educator Paulo Freire, education has the potential to be a great liberator or a systematic oppressor. Freire developed a critical pedagogy of liberation, but his efforts to provide widespread access to knowledge and transform the power imbalance between educator and student proved difficult to scale. Today, technology has significantly improved access to knowledge and changed the very nature of what constitutes knowledge and how we come to learn it. Indeed, 21st-century technology has made it easier than ever to find and produce “open” knowledge: Wikipedia promises free access to the sum of all the world’s knowledge with the tap of a finger, a Google search yields troves of information, instructional channels abound on YouTube and organizations like Khan Academy offer course materials free to anyone living anywhere. Why, then, is so much of the knowledge we learn in traditional academic settings “closed”? Who stands to win if we keep knowledge locked behind journal subscription paywalls, restricted by narrow copyright and regulated by a small group of experts in a field? Who stands to lose under this model of education?

Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

PUBPOL 590S-06: The Politics of Education

Fall 2018
Instructor: Stanley Litow

This class will focus on the state of public education in America and the potential ways of addressing the challenges of improving student achievement. The course will begin with a review of the historical context of education in America – the role of states, school districts and localities and the federal government – before moving on to the most recent context, including the current role of school districts and states, and the role of key stakeholder groups (i.e., teachers and teacher unions, principals, community organizations, parents and the private sector). The course will focus attention on the current challenges of: teacher recruitment and retention, the controversy over educational standards and the Common Core, the challenge of improving teacher quality, and college readiness and completion. The course will also cover educational governance, choice, the status of Charter Schools and a range of issues connected to school funding including operational and managerial efficiencies.