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Spring 2015 Courses

Global Health

  • Maternal & Child Health (GLHLTH 571K)

Alba Amaya-Burns
Associate Professor of the practice of Global Health, Duke University
Associate Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Dr. Alba Burns received her Masters in Clinical Tropical Medicine (MSc CTM) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London University and her Doctor of Medicine, MD at the University de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador. Her recent research focuses on multidisciplinary interventions to reduce the burden of infectious diseases in the poorest populations in Central America.

This course provides a solid foundation in global perspectives on maternal and child health research, practice, and policy. The course utilizes case analysis to examine critical health challenges facing women, children, providers, and policymakers in some of the world's most vulnerable communities. Topics covered will include data and measurement, health system challenges, public health interventions and programs, and policy and advocacy. The course is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Format is lectures, debates, group discussions, and reactions to weekly videos. |  View Syllabus

  • Medical Anthropology (CULANTH 424K)

Allan Burns
Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Duke Kunshan University

Dr. Burns received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Department of Anthropology. His teaching and research interests cover anthropological linguistics, applied and medical anthropology, ethnicity and minority studies, refugees, international development, higher education in Latin America, and Maya studies.

This course is an examination of cross-cultural experiences and understanding of health and illness, the body, and non-biological aspects of medicine. Topics covered include: 1) culture-specific sickness (such as envidia, running amok, attention deficit disorder); 2) class, race, and gender inflected experiences of health, and 3) various societies' organization of health care specialists, including biomedical doctors, voudon priestesses, and shamans. Class format includes lectures, group problem-solving, class discussions, and field trips. | View Syllabus

  • Non-communicable Diseases (GLHLTH 641K)

 Lijing Yan
Associate Research Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Yan's main areas of research are chronic disease prevention and control (cardiovascular disease and diabetes in particular), economic evaluations in health care, and integrated health management. She is the Principal Investigator or Co- Investigator on a number of NHLBI-funded and China-funded research grants. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers some of which in leading medical journals such as JAMA (3 first-authored papers and 2 co-authored papers), Circulation, and Archives of Internal Medicine.

The course focuses on four major NCD categories as separate modules: cardiovascular, diabetic, oncologic, and pulmonary diseases. Case studies are used to highlight selected geographic differences.  Regional differences within China will be considered, in addition to the comparison of China to other countries. By using lectures, videos, assigned readings, and classroom discussions as well as various assignments, the course aims to provide the students with a firm understanding of the shifting disease burden, stakeholders, and interventions to address NCDs in LMICs. |  View Syllabus / Overview

Business & Economics

  • China Economic Development (MMS 375K)

 Frank Long
Professor of Management at Duke Kunshan University
Director and Distinguished Professor, Strategic Decision Research Institute, Wuhan University.

Professor Long received his Ph.D. in Economic Sociology and Strategic Management from Syracuse University. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in China and the U.S. in international business, international marketing, international management, entrepreneurship, industrial sociology, and social science research methodology. His research interests include efficiency in China’s state-owned enterprises, price theory, and China’s economic transition and reform.

In this course, students will trace and discuss the rapid development of China’s economy over the past 30 years. Economic trends will be linked to other aspects of life in China and also to the relations between China and other countries. Consideration will be given to regional as well as national economic development. The readings will include scholarly articles, popular analyses, and case studies. The format will be lectures and group discussions. | View Syllabus

  • Marketing for Entrepreneurs (MMS 490SK)

Douglas Green
Visiting Associate Professor of Markets and Management Studies, Duke University

Prior to founding The Bradam Group Doug and teaching at Duke University,  Doug served as Vice President of Marketing at two venture funded startups, as well as Director of Marketing at a third startup.  He later worked as entrepreneur in residence at Globespan Capital Partners, a venture capital firm in Boston, Massachusetts.  Doug received his Masters in Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

This course will cover the fundamental principles of marketing utilizing a combination of lectures, case studies, and classroom discussions. Marketing is commonly and mistakenly thought of as one-way communication from one entity selling a product or service to another entity buying it. Marketing is a much more comprehensive process that attempts to understand the customer’s needs and buying behavior. The objective of this course is to teach students how to exercise critical thinking skills and sound market research techniques to discover and understand customer wants and needs, to understand the impact of the market environment on customer behavior, and to create and promote products that will meet customer needs.  |  View Syllabus

Environment & Energy

  • Energy and National Security (PUBPOL 583SK)

Stephen Kelly
Visiting Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Canadian Studies, Duke University

Mr. Kelly has been a career diplomat in the U.S. State Department, with postings in many countries, including Mexico, Canada, Netherlands, Indonesia, Belgium, and Mali. He was also a U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence at Duke University for several years. His areas of expertise are energy, security, trade, immigration, and border management. He received a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington D.C.

This course examines the links between available, reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy supplies, and the economic and national security of an advanced economy in the early 21st Century.  The two countries of particular interest are China and the United States.  Both are net energy importers, both depend on smoothly functioning global energy markets and open sea-lanes, and both face ethical and environmental issues as they choose between their energy sources and suppliers. This course will use current primary-source materials on energy producing and consuming countries, case studies that lay out frameworks for understanding energy security and related background, and guest experts who focus on energy issues from the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai and elsewhere in the region. The format is lectures, group discussions, and field trips. | View Syllabus


  • Writing Across Cultures – Session 1 ( Writing 230SK)

 Nan Mullenneaux
Thompson Writing Program Lecturing Fellow, Duke University

Dr. Mullenneaux received her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of New York at Albany. She is also a professional actor and director. She has taught in Duke University’s Thompson Writing Program for the past several years. Her research interests include the history of acting, including the history of 19th century child actors. | View Syllabus

  • Writing Across Cultures – Session 2 ( Writing 230SK)

Mark Ulett
Thompson Writing Program Lecturing Fellow and Assistant Director of First- Year Writing, Duke University

Dr. Ulett earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in the Biology & Society graduate program. He is currently teaching writing courses in the Duke University Thompson Writing Program, where he also serves as the Associate Director of the First-Year Writing program. His research currently pertains to the history of Darwinian evolution and related topics in the history of science.

“Writing Across Cultures” is an advanced course that will give students experience and training in English-language writing through theme-based seminars on a topic selected by the instructor, such as body and illness, local communities, art and dance, folktales and children’s literature, history of science, photography, etc. Course components include cross-cultural inquiry within writing, as well as an emphasis on making texts public. | View Syllabus

  • American Dreams, American Movies (ENGLISH 288K)

Marianna Torgovnick
Professor and Director, Duke in New York Program

Marianna Torgovnick received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. She is a Professor in the Duke English Department and the Director of the Duke in New York Program. She writes on the novel and novel theory, film, postcolonialism, modernism and the twentieth century more generally, and especially on contemporary American culture. Her work is broadly interdisciplinary and has been taught in Art History, Anthropology, and Religion courses as well as in English Literature and Theory.

John Rash
Lecturer of Documentary and Fine Arts, Duke Kunshan University

John Rash is a filmmaker, documentary photographer, and installation artist who earned his MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art from Duke University.  Rash’s work has been regarded for exploring the moving image as an extension of the photographic still while considering audio as a means of both punctuating and confounding the visual. Currently living in Kunshan, China, Rash serves as Lecturer of Documentary and Fine Arts at Duke Kunshan University and continues to exhibit his work at museums, galleries, international film festivals, and invited screenings internationally. 

The course “American Dreams, American Movies” will present an overview of the development and the cultural history behind American movies—the Depression, World War II, fear of the atomic bomb, evolving understandings of psychology, race, and women’s roles—while narrating the evolution of American film as a mass-entertainment industry interacting with changing technologies through the 20th and 21st centuries. Throughout, the course will emphasize a critical consciousness of how movies both reflect and generate American narratives of national identity that interact with the world. The format will be lecture, discussions, and analysis of films. | View Syllabus

  • Interethnic Intimacies (AMES 415K)

Nayoung Aimee Kwon
Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Korean and Japanese Cultural Studies in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

Nayoung Aimee Kwon received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007. She is an Assistant Professor of Korean and Japanese Cultural Studies in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. She is currently working on her book manuscript Translating Empire: the Conundrum of Collaboration on Korea and Japan (forthcoming from Duke University Press) which exams the broader problem of colonial modern and postcolonial contestations in East Asia.

This course will examine the cultural politics and the political economies of “interethnic intimacy” or “intercourse,” broadly defined, as represented in literature and visual culture from and about Asia. Texts from literature, visual culture, and history will be read along with theories of critical race studies, gender and sexuality, post-colonialism, globalization, visual culture, and other representative technologies of the self/other, contextualized in “Asian Empires” from the past to the present. Format is lecture, small group discussions, and film analysis. | View Syllabus

Social Sciences

  • Citizenship and Globalization (ETHICS 350K)

Noah Pickus
 Nannerl O.Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor of Public Policy Studies, Duke University

Dr. Pickus received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University in 1995. He is the Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and Associate Research Professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University. He is currently working on immigration policy, academic integrity, and global ethical challenges. | View Syllabus

Wayne Norman
Mike and Ruth Mackowski Professor of Ethics in the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Department of Philosophy, Duke University

Dr. Norman received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in 1988. He is a Professor of Ethics in the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Department of Philosophy at Duke University. He specializes in business ethics (stakeholder theory, corporate citizenship, corporate social responsibility, the “triple bottom line’, and conflicts of interest) and political philosophy (nationalism, citizenship, constitutionalism, federalism, secession, and multiculturalism).

Suzanne Shanahan
 Associate Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology, Duke University

Dr. Shanahan received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977. She is Associate Research Professor in Sociology at Duke University and she directs DukeEngage;s duke in Dublin program and the Kenan Institute’s Bhutanese Resettlement project. Her current research centers on corporate social responsibility in Brazil, India, South Africa and Thailand.

Physical & Natural Sciences

  • Frontiers of 21st Century Physics (PHYSICS 131SK)

Haiyan Gao
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Duke Kunshan University
Henry Newsome Professor of Physics, Duke University

Dr. Gao received her Ph.D. form California Institute of Technology in 1994. She is professor and Chairman of Physics Department at Duke University. Her research focuses on understanding the structure of nucleon in terms of quark and gluon degrees of freedom of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), search for QCD exotics, and fundamental symmetry studies at low energy to search for new physics beyond the Standard Model of electroweak interactions.

The course is an introduction to several questions representing frontiers of 21st century physics, such as what are the ultimate laws of nature, how does complex structure arise, and how can physics benefit society. Classes will involve presentations by researchers and by students, discussions of journal articles, and tours of physics labs involved with related research. Pre-requisites: Precalculus and at least one quantitative science course at the college or high school level, such as chemistry or physics. | View Syllabus

English Language

  • US Academic Writing for EFL Students (WRITING 90SK)

Don Snow
Professor and Director of the writing and Communications Center, Duke Kunshan University

Dr. Snow earned his M.A. in English/TESOL at the Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University.  He taught English at Najing University and was the Director if English Language Center at Shantou University before his DKU appointment. Dr. Snow’s primary research interests focus on independent language learning , intercultural communication, language teaching diglossia and the historical development of written Chinese vernaculars. | View Syllabus

Jane D. Kelly

Jane Kelly began teaching English while living in Jakarta, Indonesia, and continued her international teaching in Quebec City, Canada, and Mexico City. She has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed a postgraduate program in the teaching of English as a Second Language at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She has been teaching academic writing at Duke since 2010.

This course is an introduction to US academic writing culture, and to communicating effectively through writing in a US academic environment. Students will build their ability to write effectively and accurately in styles appropriate to US academic environments, and will enhance their rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, writing processes, knowledge of conventions, and ability to compose in US academic settings. Additionally, they will improve oral skills relevant to academic life in the US, especially the ability to give effective oral presentations, and also to contribute to discussions. | View Syllabus

Chinese Language

  • Mandarin 101,102 (CHINESE 101DK, CHINESE 102DK)

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  • Mandarin 203 (CHINESE 203DK)

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  • Mandarin 305 (CHINESE 305K)

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Li Xu
Lecturer in Chinese Language, Duke Kunshan University

Xu Li earned her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature and M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Beijing Normal University. From 2007 to 2011, Li served as a Chinese lecturer at Princeton University. She was the Beijing Language Director before moving to her position as Shanghai Language Director at the Alliance of Global Education in Fall 2011. Xu Li has experience in clearly defining and maintaining superior language instruction and working closely with the students.

DKU offers a full range of Mandarin courses, from entry level to advanced 4th year writing. Oral and written placement exams are administered to determine the proper assignment of students to courses.

The aim is to develop communicative proficiency in Mandarin with equal attention to aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Chinese cultural and historical facts, as well as social-cultural etiquette will be integrated into the program. 

Fall 2014 Courses

Global Health

  • Fundamentals of Global Health (GLHLTH 101K)

Rukmini Balu
Director of Strategy and Partnership Development, Duke Medicine Global
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke Global Health Institute

Dr. Balu received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is the Director of Strategy and Partnership Development at Duke Medicine Global and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute. Her interests include healthcare strategy, healthcare reform and reimbursement, and the health and economic implications of noncommunicable diseases, especially in emerging economies.

“The Fundamentals of Global Health” focuses on global disease burden, health determinants and disparities, health policy and actors, and the challenges of global health interventions. The format is lecture, intensive small group discussion, case analyses, with some materials presented by teleconferencing. | View Syllabus

  • Global Health Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Ethics 350K)

Jeff Moe
Senior Director, Business Management
Adjunct Associate Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Dr. Moe received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1981. He is currently the Senior Director of Business Management and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His research interests include seeking markets and economic incentives in the non-government, private sectors of the health care economy in order to find sustainable solutions to global health challenges, specifically with regard to tropical and infectious diseases that are ignored because poor patients living in poor countries cannot pay for innovative new treatments.

In the course “Global Health Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”, students will be asked to understand and apply ethics concepts (e.g. “aggregate good”, “consequentialism”, “fundamental moral unit”) and a method (simplified version of Gert’s “systematic moral analysis”) to analyze and discuss ethical dimensions of public health problems/solutions using historical examples. | View Syllabus

  • Population and Environmental Dynamics Influencing Health (GLHLTH 637K)

William Pan
Assistant Professor, Duke Global Health Institute and the Nicholas School of Environment

Dr. Pan received his Master’s Degree in Public Health from Emory University in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003. He holds a joint appointment at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and the Nicholas School of Environment. Dr. Pan's research focuses on population, health, and environmental interactions in developing countries.

The course “Population and Environmental Dynamics Influencing Health” is appropriate for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. This is an introduction to Population, Health and Environment (PHE), an interdisciplinary approach practiced by institutions and governments in low- and middle-income countries to implement or study community-level integrated programs, such as reproductive health, food security, and natural resource management. Material will be based on specific cases and the format will be lecture and group discussion with some field trips. | View Syllabus

Social Sciences

  • Key Themes in American History (History 119K)

Andrew Byers
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Duke University

Dr. Byers is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Duke University, having received his Ph.D. from Duke in 2012. His research interests include studies of gender, sexuality, race, class, medical discourse, and the military.

The course “Key Themes in American History” will focus on a set of topics from American history, including notions of freedom, democracy, and the development of political institutions; race, racial ideologies, and race relations; expansion, imperialism, and international encounters; economic growth, development, and transformations; reform and progress; the military, war, and American society. The format is lecture and small group discussions. | View Syllabus

  • Cognitive Evolution: Apes, Kids, and What Makes Humans Smart and Successful (EVANTH 260K)

Brian Hare
Associate Professor, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University

Dr. Hare received his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. His research is directed towards the basic question: What is human about our mind and brain and how did they get that way? He studies problem-solving abilities in humans, bonobos, chimpanzees, lemurs, dogs, and other mammals to identify cases of psychological convergence.

The course “Cognitive Evolution: Apes, Kids, and What Makes Humans Smart and Successful” will cover the various approaches and theories that seek to map out what it is about our cognition that makes us human. The format is lecture with some discussions. The course will be co-taught with Jingzhi Tan. Note that this is a different course from EVANTH 560K. Students may enroll in 260K and 560K for the same semester. | View Syllabus

Physical & Natural Sciences

  • Bioenergy (ENRGYEGR 490K)

Marc Deshusses
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University

Jiele Xu
Postdoctoral Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University

Dr. Deshusses received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University and the Director of the Energy Engineering Degree Program in the Pratt School of Engineering. His research interests are related to the design, analysis, and application of processes for the bioremediation of contaminated air, water, and soils.

Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. in 2009 in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University. His research interests lie in the production of biofuels, water and wastewater treatment, and recovery of nutrients from agricultural systems.

The course “Bioenergy” is an overview of biologically-based processes for biofuel production, energy production, and CO2 capture. Current and emerging biologically-based processes in the energy sector such as bioethanol, bioelectrical systems, methane and hydrogen production, microalgae, and biofuel synthesis are considered. The course is co-taught by Professor Deshusses and Dr. Xu. The format is lecture, discussion, and field trips. | View Syllabus

  • Water Resources (EOS 385K)

Nicolas Cassar
Assistant Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Avner Vengosh
Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Dr. Cassar received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii in 2003, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Duke University in the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the Nicholas School of the Environment.

Dr. Vengosh received his Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1990. He is a Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. His research aims to link environmental geochemistry and isotope hydrology in order to trace the sources and mechanisms of water contamination and relationships with human health.

The course “Water Resources” will be co-taught by Nicolas Cassar and Avner Vengosh. Professor Cassar will cover sources and impacts of pollution in marine and freshwater environments. Professor Vengosh will cover basic concepts of the global water crisis, global water demands and availability, water management, water quality and health issues. The format is lecture, discussions, laboratory exercises, and field trips. | View Syllabus


  • Greek Civilization: The Origins of Western Culture (CLST 181SK)

William A. Johnson
Professor, Classical Studies, Duke University

Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Yale University in 1992. He is a Professor in Classical Studies at Duke University. He works broadly in the cultural history of Greece and Rome, with particular interest in ancient books, readers, and reading, and with a general interest in how literary pursuits intersect with cultural context in antiquity.

The course “Greek Civilization: The Origins of Western Culture” is (1) a foundational introduction to the literature, history, and material culture of ancient Greece, (2) a critical and systematic exploration of strategies for interpreting the cultural artefacts of western antiquity, (3) and an interrogation of the narratives that inform typical ways of constructing cultural "beginnings" in the West. | View Syllabus

  • Writing Across Cultures (English 288K)

Vicki Russell
Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Thompson Writing Program
Director of the Writing Studio, Duke University

Vicki Russell received her MA in English from the University of Georgia in 1972. She is a Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Duke Thompson Writing Program and Director of the Writing Studio. Her research interests include the theory and pedagogy of composition and writing as well as the public health issues that affect college students.

The course “Writing Across Cultures” is an advanced course that will give students experience and training in English-language writing through theme-based seminars on a topic selected by the instructor, such as body and illness, local communities, art and dance, folktales and children’s literature, photography, etc. Course component includes cross-cultural inquiry within writing, as well as an emphasis on making texts public. The Fall 2014 theme is “Visual Rhetoric and the Language of Photographic Texts.” | View Syllabus

  • US Academic Writing for EFL Students (Writing 90SK)

Denise Comer
Assistant Professor of the Practice in Writing, Duke University Director, First-Year Writing Program

Dr. Comer received her Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina in 1999. She is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Writing at Duke University and Director of the First-Year Writing Program. Denise Comer's research interests include composition, nineteenth-century British literature, travel writing, and women's studies. She is coordinating the development of the DKU writing program and will be working closely with the writing professors who teach at DKU.

The course “US Academic Writing for EFL Students” will be taught on a rotating basis by professors from the Duke University Thompson Writing Program. The goals of the seminar are for students to gain practice, proficiency, and fluency in utilizing and analyzing formal U.S. academic features across a variety of academic genres. The course will also offer experience in oral presentations characteristic of U.S. academic environments. | View Syllabus

  • Evolution, Cognition, and Society: How Evolution and Cognition Matter in Everyday Life (EVANTH 560K)

Jingzhi TAN
Postdoctoral Associate, Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Dr. Tan received his B.S. in Life Sciences from Peking University and his Ph.D. from Duke University in Evolutionary Anthropology. His research focuses on the evolution of human cognition. In particular, he adopts comparative methods to study the psychological mechanisms of cooperation, altruism and trust in humans, nonhuman primates and dogs.

The course “Evolution, Cognition, and Society: How Evolution and Cognition Matter in Everyday Life” (EVANTH 560K) will use critical reading of the primary scientific literature to help students understand and apply the biological principles of human behaviors to analyse real-life problems, and eventually to design empirical tests and propose solutions for basic human problems. The course is co-taught with Brian Hare.  | View Syllabus