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From women’s empowerment to global epidemiology: Here are six house courses to consider for the spring 2022 semester

Despite the increasing role of technology in higher education, more professors are banning the use of laptops in classrooms in an effort to hold students’ attention.
Despite the increasing role of technology in higher education, more professors are banning the use of laptops in classrooms in an effort to hold students’ attention.

Looking for an interesting course taught by your peers? Here's a list of six open house courses you can take for the spring 2022 semester.

UNICEF’s Humanitarian Revolution: An Innovative Approach to Social Impact

Taught by Alice Wu, Friedl Bldg 216, Th 7:30-9:00 p.m.

This house course explores how UNICEF tackles humanitarian and social issues like child poverty, education, health, gender equality and climate change. Students will further analyze the efficacy of developmental and humanitarian efforts.

Students will also interact with professionals involved in humanitarian and social work. Previous guest speakers included Matt Nash, visiting lecturer at the Sanford School of Public Policy; social innovation entrepreneur Kidus Asfaw; and Christian Snoad, a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) innovation consultant at UNICEF.

Drug and Health Politics

Taught by RJ Shah and Ali Jalal, Perkins LINK 088, W 7:00-9:30 p.m.

The course centers on the pharmaceutical industry’s impact on health and political spheres. Students will explore a wide array of topics, such as the opioid crisis and bioterrorism, through debates and conversational activities. 

Transforming the U.S. Healthcare System

Taught by Michael Lee and Samarth Menta, Perkins LINK 070, Tu 6:00-7:30 p.m.

This course explores pressing movements in healthcare delivery reform and dives into critical American health issues such as the chronic disease burden, the role of Big Pharma and misaligned financial incentives for providers and payers. Students will learn to analyze healthcare through a policy lens and understand how ideas manifest into law.

Global Epidemiology and Impact of Neurological Diseases

Taught by Mohanapriya Cumaran, Akhil Bedapudi and Athena Yao, Perkins LINK 085, Tu 7:00-9:30 p.m.

This course helps students understand neurological diseases, their impacts and potential treatments. Some of the conditions the course dives into include Alzheimer’s, depression, epilepsy and ADHD. Students will further gain a chance to engage with current neuroscience research, faculty and guest speakers. 

Women’s Empowerment at Duke

Taught by Jada Purkett, Gayatri Chintala and Christina Lewis, Perkins LINK 065, M 7:00-8:30 p.m.

This course aims to spread the objectives and missions of the Baldwin Scholars Program by exploring how women empower themselves and one another on campus. It hopes to push students to reevaluate campus culture and group norms. 

Disability Narratives: Justice and Activism

Taught by Josee Li, Perkins LINK 065, We 7:00-9:30 p.m.

This course provides students a deeper understanding of disability justice, activism and allyship through reading, discussing and learning from disability narrative stories. Students will experience interactive lectures, group discussions and talks given by guest speakers. The instructors hope the course will push students to become more involved in disability activism on campus.


Ayra Charania | Senior Editor

Ayra Charania is a Trinity junior and a senior editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.

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