The Middle East Through Film

Film as access into the region through a series of direct, as well as poetic connections woven across films viewed, filmmakers featured, lectures, discussions, and texts read. By means of the integration of course components and students' weekly responses, an understanding of the region is developed by way of inquiry into and rigorous engagement with cultural production.  From feature length films to shorts, the breadth of the work we will engage with includes documentaries, dramas, and less traditional forms.

Law and Philosophy

Seminar will engage in an investigation of the concept of law. Employ both historical and conceptual analyses of several texts, both classic and contemporary.  Topics include: the nature and legitimacy of law; the relationship between law and morality; the relationship between law and politics and the concept of the rule of law.

Institutions and Self Governance

Study the history and development of institutions in self-governing communities and societies to gain a deeper understanding of the need for creating and maintaining institutions to resolve specific collection action problems and to achieve social security, political stability and economic prosperity in general for a community.

Apartheid South Africa and the Struggles for Democracy

Explores key themes in post World War II South African history, paying attention to the plethora of anti-apartheid struggles, while giving voice to some pro-apartheid proponents. Discusses how apartheid affected peoples daily lives, the ideological and programmatic opposition to apartheid, and internecine struggles between and within anti-apartheid organizations and movements. Concludes with contemporary reflections on life during apartheid. Offered through DukeImmerse program. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Shapiro

Racial Justice in the 20th Century US and South Africa

Students participating in the DukeImmerse program will write a 30-40 page research paper on some aspect of either the civil rights movement or the anti-apartheid struggles in South Africa. Meeting with the instructor on a weekly basis, the students will define their topics and research agendas and will workshop their papers with their classmates. Papers will be based on primary and secondary sources. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Shapiro

Liberty and Equality: Ancient and Modern Perspectives

Examines the democratic values of liberty and equality in Greek, Roman, and American political thought. Are democracy and liberty allies or foes? What is the relationship between liberty and equality? Is freedom possible under non-democratic regimes? Is individual liberty protected by equal and inalienable human rights? What is the relationship between individual liberties and aspirations for a good and just society? Why have some democratic societies embraced imperialism or slavery?

Marxism and Society

Introduction to Marx's core concepts, such as alienation, commodity, and revolution. Includes examination of Marx's own major historical & political analyses, his economic texts, and his philosophical writings. Students also gain familiarity with the role of Marxist thought in different fields and disciplines, including feminist theory, anthropology, history, political science, and literary studies. One course. 

Course originates in Literature.


Thucydides and the Realist Tradition

Focus on Thucydides as a foundational text in the international relations tradition of realism. Issues include human nature; the relationship between self-interest and moral norms; conceptions of power; and motivations of justice. Readings will include Thucydides' History, selections from Hobbes' Leviathan, evidence from the post-Napoleonic and post-World War I periods, and modern interpretive studies. One course / 3 units.