The Duke Campus Farm is proud to teach credit-bearing courses that engage traditional pedagogies and experiential learning. In addition to teaching our own courses, the Duke Campus Farm collaborates with faculty across campus to make the farm a dynamic classroom. Connect with us to initiate a course collaboration or site visit.
Our current and recent credit-bearing offerings include:
Spring 2018: Nature, Culture and Gender
Fall 2017: The Environment in Literature, Law, and Science
Profs. Saskia Cornes, Priscilla Wald (Depts. of English & Women’s Studies), and Daniel Richter (Nicholas School of the Environment)
Climate change, resource exhaustion, an increase in natural disasters: these, we are told, are problems with “the environment.” Terrorism, rising crime rates, unprecedented poverty and urban blight: these, too, are problems with “the environment.” So what is this “environment,” and why does that question matter? How might a better understanding of that term help us to live more justly and effectively in our world? This class will address this question by taking a boldly interdisciplinary approach to the very ground you’re standing on: the Piedmont, and most specifically the area surrounding the Duke Campus Farm. It will be “hands on,” using the farm’s space to explore and make new connections between science (geology, evolutionary biology, genomics), law, policy, and cultural forms.
Foundational to this class is the idea that literary works and literary analyses of non-literary works, landscapes and objects can offer crucial insight into the pressing questions of our moment and should be a significant part of our ethical, legal, and policy debates concerning “the environment.” We will consider how the story of “the environment” unwittingly shapes our approach to our surroundings. Throughout the class, we will ask what alternative stories we might tell, and how they might affect the practice of science, law, and policy and lead to more productive debate and constructive change.