Education & Human Development

Interdisciplinary Themes

Bass Connections projects, courses and summer programs are aligned with the following themes:

The Education & Human Development theme (EHD), which was one of the five original themes of Bass Connections, was sunset in 2022 and replaced by the Race & Society theme.

EHD was led by the Social Science Research Institute and supported 121 project teams over nine years. Learn more about this theme by reading the description below and exploring its impact on the Duke community and beyond.

Achieving positive life outcomes depends on a complex, interconnected set of experiences and circumstances including the resources of the community, social and family supports, health and education as well as cultural and historical factors. Bass Connections in Education & Human Development engages students and faculty in interdisciplinary research that explores that full range of factors contributing to valued life outcomes across the lifespan, including health, social and familial connections, happiness, income and employment.

Being situated in the American South, we also recognize that history continues to impact the life experiences of children born here, particularly those living in rural areas, minority households and low socioeconomic status households. We encourage a broad exploration of the factors that contribute to human development, with a focus on our local community but also extending beyond and engaging with our interconnected world.

No project teams at this time.

Education & Human Development Courses

Gateway Courses

EHD 290S-01: Social Science Research Lab: Evaluating Healthcare Innovation

Spring 2022
Instructor: Jessica Sperling

The Social Science Research Lab engages students in project-based learning in social science research principles and their real-world application. Read more about Social Science Research Lab: Evaluating Healthcare Innovation »


Other Undergraduate Courses

CHILDPOL 490S-01: Applied Collaborative Research on Early Childhood

Fall 2022
Instructor: Katie Rosanbalm

This course provides research consultation experience for advanced undergraduate students with past coursework in research methodology and/or early childhood development or policy. As part of an interdisciplinary consulting team, students will partner with an early childhood community organization... Read more about Applied Collaborative Research on Early Childhood »


Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

PUBPOL 590S-04: The Politics of Education

Fall 2022
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. Read more about The Politics of Education »