• Putting Students Into the Driver’s Seat

    August 17, 2017 As a writer, I approached my first syllabus many years ago as more “to-do” list than work of imagination or meaning. My goal was to divide up the fourteen weeks of the semester into rational, discrete chunks. Once I did that, I soothed myself, it was only a matter of managing weeks, not wrestling an ... Read more
  • Redevelopment Effort for PS321: Experiences and Lessons

    July 15, 2017 By Joseph M. Grieco. Background and Goals of Redeveloping PS321 International Law and Institutions (PS321) introduces Duke undergraduates to the domain of international law. In this course, I focus on the political conditions that affect the formation, content, and efficacy of international law, the latter defined as the capacity of international law to shape and constrain the ... Read more
  • Balancing Technology and Content in Teaching “Web Design and Narrative”

    July 15, 2017 By Christopher Sims. As a Bacca Fellow, I offered an undergraduate course “Web Design and Narrative” in 2016–2017. The course was based at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and drew a fairly broad cross-section of students, the majority of whom were either majoring in Computer Science or Visual Media Studies. Some students ... Read more
  • Images to Inspire Undergraduates’ Civic Engagement

    July 15, 2017 By Graciela Vidal. I had a lofty goal: to get a group of our undergraduate students to set long-term civic engagement objectives for themselves. My proposal was a new Spanish course, named Engaging with the Latino Community Through Photography, with the purpose of adding applied social context to our curricula and helping our students in their ... Read more
  • Web Design and Narrative

    December 21, 2016 DOCST 354S / 754S Fall 2016 Chris Sims Professional practices course for students in creative fields without a computer science background: for artists and documentarians to create robust web-based portfolios; for art historians to showcase curatorial and scholarly projects; for entrepreneurs to demonstrate ideas, concepts, and products to the public. Develop customized, individual websites using CMS platforms. Hone ... Read more

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