Six Fun Classes to Take in Spring 2023

If you spend way too much time browsing DukeHub and browsing Rate My Professor, The Chronicle has you covered. Here are six great courses that are sure to spice up your schedule next semester.

Magic, religion and science since 1400

Taught by Thomas Robisheaux, Reuben-Cooke Building 126, MW 1:45-3:00 p.m.

Course credits: HISTORY 260D, MEDREN 287D (CCI, EI, STS, CZ)

According to its synopsis, this course is about “the ways we enter and exit the visible and invisible worlds, and what happens when these worlds unexpectedly intersect.” Students will examine the relationship between magical, religious, and scientific forms of understanding in Western culture from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Materials will draw on a variety of fields, ranging from anthropology to psychology to film studies.

Build global audiences

Taught by Aaron Philip Dinin, Biological Sciences 063, MW 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Course credits: ISS 250, I&E 250, VMS 249 (STS)

Over the past decade, social media has become an increasingly powerful tool for people to find community, learn more about the world, and even “build a global audience from [our] dorm,” according to that course’s description on DukeHub. This course will examine the platforms that have become part of many of our daily routines and explore factors such as search engine optimization, virality, content marketing, and growth hacking. Also known as “the influencer class,” Building Global Audiences is ideal for content creators who want to grow their own platforms and those who want to learn more about social media marketing for a business.

Where does the food come from? agriculture ecology

Taught by Will Wilson, Biological Sciences 154, MW 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Course credits: BIOLOGY 155S (STS, NS)

From the Paleolithic era to today, agriculture has been at the heart of civilization. This course will examine subsistence and industrial agriculture from an ecological perspective, with topics ranging from feed selection to animal domestication. Students will also delve into the ethical issues of agriculture. At the end of the semester, they will no doubt be able to answer the question posed by the course title: where does food come from?

Book Publishing and Marketing: A Case Study of the Romantic Fiction Industry

Taught by Katharine Dubois, Class Building 125, 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Course credits: ENGLISH 284S, HISTORY 248S, GSF 248S (CCI, W, ALP, CZ)

With well-known titles like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘The Notebook’, it’s perhaps no surprise that romance novels are the most popular genre in terms of book sales. books.

The romantic fiction industry, led by women writers and exported to a massive global audience, will be at the heart of this course. Students will examine the success of the industry from historical, cultural and marketing perspectives, following its development over three centuries. The course will also analyze how gender, sexuality, and race have been represented in works of romantic fiction.

Jane Austen

Taught by Charlotte Sussman, Allen 236, WF 10:15-11:30

Course credits: ENGLISH 246 (ALP)

Speaking of “pride and prejudice,” this course will dive headfirst into the writing of the great novelist Jane Austen. Students will trace the development of Austen’s writing through her six major novels, examining the evolution of her style as a novelist alongside the social issues, gender roles, and philosophical questions posed by her work.

Aikido: Japanese sword and stick

Taught by Steven Kaufmann, Wilson Center 125, TuTh 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Course credits: PHYSEDU 167

Want to earn credit by learning how to wield a sword? Aikido: Japanese Sword and Staff is one of a diverse line of offerings within Duke’s Department of Physical Education. Aikido sword and staff forms involve the whole body, developing coordination, strength and flexibility as well as a better mind-body connection. It will be practiced both solo and with partners “non-competitively,” according to DukeHub.

Registration Information

According to the university’s registrar’s office, registration opens for graduate and professional students on November 2. Undergraduate enrollment takes place between November 3 and November 14 in descending order of class, with exact dates determined by class year and the last two digits of the Student ID.


Sevana Wenn
| Feature Editor

Sevana Wenn is a second-year Trinity student and featured editor of the 118th volume of The Chronicle.

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