Information, Society & Culture

Interdisciplinary Themes

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

Led by the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke

Access to unprecedented amounts of information is creating new opportunities for Duke students and faculty, working together in multidisciplinary teams, to actively engage with and change the world around them. At the same time, the availability of personal data published by smartphones, web browsers, social media and surveillance technologies is exposing society to new risks.

Bass Connections in Information, Society & Culture combines coursework, co-curricular experiences and integrated project teams to explore the history and evolution of society and culture through the lens of information, using the latest computational methods to understand society’s most pressing problems in new and creative ways.

Data+ is a ten-week summer research experience for undergraduates and graduate student mentors interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges.

Information, Society & Culture Project Teams

Duke Kunshan University.

This project team will develop a decoded neurofeedback protocol and work to consolidate a comprehensive literature review on racial bias and neurofeedback.  Read more about Decoded Neurofeedback Toward Bias and Racism Mitigation (2022-2023) »

Early Warning.

This project team will advance an interdisciplinary approach for the development of earthquake early warning in the Kathmandu Valley. Read more about Earthquake Early Warning in Kathmandu (2022-2023) »


This project team will create an online infection detection platform that populates and translates wearable data from a variety of sources in an easy-to-use manner. Read more about Improving Infection Detection With Wearable Device Data (2022-2023) »

Community health worker in Nepal.

This project team will upgrade and optimize a feature-phone-based (non-smartphone) program to include frontline health workers, in order to improve management of hypertension in rural Nepal. Read more about Optimizing a Community Health Program for Hypertension Control in Nepal (2022-2023) »

Duke iGEM logo.

The Duke iGEM team will develop a genetically engineered machine motivated by current research in synthetic biology and support the greater research community by providing open-source access to all materials. Read more about Synthetic Biology and Genetic Engineering for Human Health and Society (2022-2023) »

Information, Society & Culture Courses

Gateway Courses

ISS 110: Information, Society & Culture

Fall 2022
Instructor: Astrid Giugni

This course will delve into information, society and culture across disciplines. It will explore all aspects of information theory and practice, including computational and mathematical, and investigate how information in the context of the social sciences and humanities is transforming research. Read more about Information, Society & Culture »

Other Undergraduate Courses

ARTHIST 231: History of Art Markets

Fall 2022
Instructor: Hans Van Miegroet

This course is an analytical survey of the emergence of art markets, interactions between market behavior(s) and visual/media culture(s). Read more about History of Art Markets »

BIOLOGY 325: Current Technologies in Genomics and Precision Medicine

Fall 2022
Instructor: Greg Wray, Susanne Haga

This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of genome science technologies, clinical applications and policy and ethical issues related to the conduct of genome sciences research and clinical implementation. Read more about Current Technologies in Genomics and Precision Medicine »

ISS 240L: Fundamentals of Web-based Multimedia Communications

Fall 2022
Instructor: Richard Lucic, Mark Olson or Victoria Szabo

This course explores multimedia information systems, including presentation media, hypermedia, graphics, animation, sound, video and integrated authoring techniques as well as the underlying technologies that make them possible. Read more about Fundamentals of Web-based Multimedia Communications »

ISS 356S: Digital Durham

Spring 2022
Instructor: Trudi Abel, Victoria Szabo

This course engages students in representing Durham’s past and present through digital media. Read more about Digital Durham »

Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

ISS 315-01: Mapping History with Geographic Information Systems

Fall 2022
Instructor: Ed Triplett

This is a beginner/intermediate Geographic Information System (GIS) course designed to help students learn how to investigate history spatially. The course will emphasize perspectives, procedures and tools that are relevant to applications of GIS in Art History and Humanistic disciplines. Read more about Mapping History with Geographic Information Systems »