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Five spring 2024 classes to consider during drop/add

Want to add an interesting class to your schedule during the drop/add period? Look no further. Here’s The Chronicle’s guide to the five most interesting classes being offered next spring. 

Ancient Sex Ed

Taught by Cassandra Casias, Social Sciences 109, TuTh 1:25-2:40 p.m.

Course Credits: CLST 290S, HISTORY 290S

Ever wonder how ancient Greeks and Romans understood sex and reproductive health? This course examines medical texts and literary works to reveal how the ancients constructed men, women and sexuality. The course also discusses how modern ideas about sexual and reproductive health have been influenced by the ancient world. Students might consider taking Ancient Sex Ed alongside House Course 59S: “Condoms & Counseling.”

Dark Academia

Taught by Jane Bailey Harwell, Social Sciences 109, WF 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Course Credits: ENGLISH 90S (CCI, W, ALP)

“Dark academia” is an internet aesthetic that first rose to prominence on Tumblr in 2015, involving images of pleated skirts, gothic architecture and elite universities. Students enrolled in this course will read ancient and contemporary texts in the genre including “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt. The course also discusses critiques of privilege, meritocracy and the idealized version of academia found at elite universities. 

Primate Sexuality

Taught by Christine Drea, French Science 4233, TuTh 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Course Credits: BIOLOGY 321, EVANTH 341 (STS, NS)

Monkey see, monkey do. This course is divided into three sections that each look into different aspects of primate reproduction, and students enrolled in the course will explore everything from primate reproductive strategies to the endocrine system. The class also delves into human sexuality “within the broader context of the primate order” for each section. 

First-Year Seminar: Genetics, Evolution, Star Trek

Taught by Mohamed Noor, Allen 318, WF 10:05-11:20 a.m.

Course Credits: BIOLOGY 89S, (STS, NS)

Know a Trekkie? In this first-year seminar, students will learn about evolution and natural selection processes, but through watching Star Trek! But don’t worry: No prior Star Trek knowledge is required, so anyone — even an amateur Trekkie — can catch on and learn a thing or two about genetics. 

Ethics 450S: “What Should I Do with My Life? The Art of Choosing Well”

Taught by Michael Domeracki, W 3:20-5:50 p.m.

Course Credits: ETHICS 450S (EI)

Reserved for seniors only, this course helps future grads grapple with life after Duke. Students will explore topics ranging from meaning and purpose to failure and friendship. Through readings, exercises and discussions, students will learn how to make good choices and develop a “practical vision” for their post-grad life.


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