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S&S Certificate

Build on your science and technology leadership training and hone your expertise in science and technology policy.

Apply by the end of drop/add of spring semester junior year. New Digital Intelligence Track View All Electives

fellowsThe Science & Society Certificate Program is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary course of study that integrates science with its relationship to society. The interdisciplinary curriculum enables students to understand the social, legal, historical, and policy issues stemming from research and technological advances in both basic and applied science.

The Certificate in Science & Society allows undergraduate students to build on their science and technology leadership training and hone their expertise in science and technology policy.

Through a series of 4 courses, 2 lab placements, and a senior capstone project, students will learn to:

  • Critique and analyze science and its downstream applications.
  • Understand the social implications as well as the power and the limits of science and technology.
  • Understand how research works (and sometimes doesn’t).
  • Analyze both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Develop policy options that are practical, ethical, and just.

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To begin enrolling in the certificate, complete the form below and someone will be in touch with you to guide you through the registration process:

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    • If you are an undeclared Trinity student you may declare the S&S Certificate through the Academic Advising Center.
    • If you are a declared Trinity sophomore or junior, you may enroll in the S&S Certificate here.
    • If you are a Trinity senior, please email trinity.graduation@aas.duke.edu to request adding the S&S Certificate.
    • If you are a Pratt student, please fill out this form to enroll. (Select the S&S Cetificate in the drop/down menu and explain your request in the comments section.)

    Science & the Public Track Curriculum Requirements

    Students complete 5 courses and 2 research experiences (at least one of which is for credit):

    • SCISOC 256/Genome 256 (core course) preferably taken by the end of the junior year.
    • Three elective courses (jump to current listings), including at least one course with an ethics, law, or policy component.
    • Two approved research experiences consisting of either two semester long independent study courses or one semester long independent study course plus one approved summer research experience. All Duke summer research programs count toward the certificate.
    • SCISOC 498S/Genome 498S capstone course to be taken in the spring of senior year.

    Note: At least one elective and at least one research experience must have a science component, and at least one elective must have an ethics, social science, law, or policy component. No more than three courses may originate in any one department; only two courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for any major, minor, or other certificate; and at least half the courses must be taken at Duke.


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    Digital Intelligence Track

    The Digital Intelligence (DQ) certificate is a new track within the Science & Society Undergraduate Certificate program and in partnership with the Center for Computational Thinking.

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    About the Spring 2020 Capstone

    In Spring 2020, our capstone students prepared science policy-based white papers and presentations for two clients. One was the National Human Genome Research Institute (part of NIH), which asked us to explore the history of the genetic counseling profession and to learn more about recent tensions between Master’s level genetic counselors and some of the MD-medical geneticists with whom they work regarding genetic counselors’ scope of practice. The other client was Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit that advocates for open science and patient engagement. Sage asked us to delve into issues revolving around implantable medical devices and, in particular, exactly what patients are consenting to when they agree to have, say, a network-enabled defibrillator or insulin pump implanted in their bodies. For example, what would happen if such a device were to be hacked?

    Preparing for graduation

    Please submit the Science & Society Certificate completion form at least 6 months before your graduation date.


     

    Electives

    The following courses will count as electives for the S&S Certificate. This is a list of past and current courses. Not all courses below are currently offered. Check in ACES for current course listings. If you took a course that is not listed here and wish for it to be considered as an elective for the Certificate, please send a detailed syllabus to scienceandsociety@duke.edu explaining your justification.

    AAAS 261D Race, Genomics & Society
    AAAS 569 Sickle Cell Disease
    AAAS 660 Health in African Diaspora
    BIOETHIC 502 Communicating Science & Bioethics
    BIOETHIC 591 Topics in Science Policy. Independent Study.
    BIOLOGY 118FS Emerging Diseases
    BIOLOGY 128FS Evolutionary Genomics: Who are we, where have we been, and where are we going?
    BIOLOGY 148FS Genomics of Host-Microbe Interactions: The Symbiotic Web
    BIOLOGY 154 AIDS and Emerging Diseases
    BIOLOGY 180FS Emerging Diseases
    BIOLOGY 219 Molecular Genetics & Genomics
    BIOLOGY 251L Molecular Evolution
    BIOLOGY 255 Philosophy of Biology
    BIOLOGY 311 Systems Biology: An Introduction for the Quantitative Sciences
    BIOLOGY 350 Complex Traits and Evolutionary Genetics
    BIOLOGY 420 Cancer Genetics
    BIOLOGY 450S Genomics of Adaptation: A Modern Look at Evolution
    BIOLOGY 452S Genes & Development
    BIOLOGY 454 Physiological Genetics
    BIOLOGY 554 Genomic Perspectives on Human Evolution
    BME 195FS Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World
    BME 462L Design Developing World
    BME 493 Projects in Biomedical Engineering (Environmental Neurodevelopment)
    BME 561L Genome Science and Technology Lab (GE, MC)
    BME 562 Biology by Design
    CBB 520 Genome Tools and Technologies
    CBB 561L Genome Science and Technology Lab
    CBB 662 Computational Systems Biology
    COMPSCI 260 Introduction to Computational Genomics
    COMPSCI 342 Technical and Social Analysis of Information and the Internet
    COMPSCI 662 Computational Systems Biology
    CULANTH 113FS Enterprising Leadership and Civic Engagement
    CULANTH 190FS Technology, Culture and Scientific Initiatives: Approaches towards Social Change
    CULANTH 190FS The Limits of Good Intentions: The Promises and Confines of Effective Humanitarianism
    CULANTH 190FS.03 International Law & Global Health
    CULANTH 421 Medical Anthropology
    CULANTH 660 Health in the African Diaspora
    DOCST 202S Children and Illness
    DOCST 206S Medicine and Documentary Photography
    DOCST 209FS Digital photography; Education, Childhood and Growth
    ECON 112FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
    ECON 190FS An Introduction to Game Theory
    ECON 334 Health Economics
    EDUC 111FS Pursuit of Equality: Rethinking Schools-Lens of Social Justice
    EDUC 112FS Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the US
    EDUC 113FS Enterprising Leadership and Civic Engagement
    EDUC 209FS Digital photography; Education, Childhood and Growth
    EDUC 290S Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the US
    EGR 121 Engineering Innovation
    ENERGY 390 S Energy Policy Analysis and Writing
    ENGLISH 190FS Shades of Gray: Coming of Age in the Era of Population Aging
    ENGLISH 290 The Contemporary Novel
    ENGLISH 355 Idealistic Nature
    ENGLISH 490 Environment in Literature, Law, and Science
    ENGLISH 490S.01 Special Topics in Language and Literature
    EVANTH 128FS Evolutionary Genomics: Who are we, where have we been, and where are we going?
    ETHICS 129FS Human Rights & World Politics
    ETHICS 160FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
    ETHICS 199FS Refugees, Rights and Resettlement
    ETHICS 287 Religion and Science
    EVANTH 129FS Human Rights & World Politics
    EVANTH 160FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
    EVANTH 199FS Refugees, Rights and Resettlement
    EVANTH 212FS Social Structures in an Evolutionary Framework
    EVANTH 285D Human Health in Evolutionary Perspective
    EVANTH 514 Genomic Perspectives on Human Evolution
    FRENCH 337 French Scientists Write
    GENOME 118FS The Secrets of Life: DNA, Property Rights and Human Identity
    GENOME 120FS Ethical Implications of Genetic and Genomic Research
    GENOME 122FS Genetics and Epigenetics: The Codes that Control Our Genomes
    GENOME 123FS Ethics, Law, and Policy in Genomics
    GENOME 128FS Evolutionary Genomics: Who are we, where have we been, and where are we going?
    GENOME 138FS Synthetic Genomics: Science, Policy and Ethics
    GENOME 148FS Genomics of Host-Microbe Interactions: The Symbiotic Web
    GENOME 159 The Past and Future of the Human Genome
    GENOME 165 Introduction to the United States Health Care System
    GENOME 190FS Focus Program: Topics in Genome Sciences
    GENOME 205 Science and Masculinity
    GENOME 238S Influential Scientists and Policy Leaders in Science Policy
    GENOME 248 Science and Policy of Obesity
    GENOME 256 Genome Sciences and Society
    GENOME 258 Race, Genomics, and Society
    GENOME 268S Law & Genomic Sciences
    GENOME 290S Special Topics in Genome Sciences
    GENOME 293 Research Independent Study in Genome Sciences
    GENOME 293-1 Research Independent Study in Genome Policy
    GENOME 294 Research Independent Study in Genome Sciences
    GENOME 294-1 Research Independent Study in Genome Policy
    GENOME 337 French Scientists Write
    GENOME 341 Ethics of Infectious Disease Control
    GENOME 369 History of Public Health in America
    GENOME 371 Feast and Famine: Food in Global History
    GENOME 380 The Scientific Revolution
    GENOME 417S Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
    GENOME 439S Neuroscience and Multilingualism
    GENOME 475S Variation in the African Diaspora
    GENOME 498S Genome Sciences and Policy Capstone
    GENOME 502S Communicating Science & Bioethics
    GENOME 508S Genetics for Global Health
    GENOME 584 Genetics and Reproductive Technologies
    GENOME 590S Special Topics in Genome Sciences
    GENOME 612 Ethics and Policy in Genomics
    GENOME 627 Molecular Ecology
    GENOME 641S Cancer in Our Lives: Film, Narrative, Fiction, History and Politics
    GENOME 750 Genomics of Microbial Diversity
    GLHLTH 142 History of Chinese Medicine
    GLHLTH 188FS Singing the Same Song: A global perspective on patient-provider communication
    GLHLTH 189 FS “To Boldly Go!” Global Health and the Ethics of Engagement
    GLHLTH 190 FS.02 International Law & Global Health
    GLHLTH 210 Global Health Ethics as Value Conflicts
    GLHLTH 261 The Psychology of Health Behavior Change (A,C,S)
    GLHLTH 302 Human Health in Evolutionary Perspective
    GLHLTH 304 D Global Narratives of HIV/AIDS
    GLHLTH 345 Global Health as an Ethical Enterprise
    GLHLTH 373 Global Health Ethics
    HISTORY 127FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
    HISTORY 260 Magic/Religion/Science Since 1400
    HISTORY 303 The Rise of Modern Science: Newton to Einstein
    HISTORY 577S Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science
    ICS 128FS Human Rights & World Politics
    ICS 190 FS.01 International Law & Global Health
    ICS 295 Global Narratives of Living with HIV/AIDS
    ISIS 670 Body Works: Medicine, Technology, and the Body in Early Twenty-First Century America
    LAW 592 Frontier AI & Robotics: Law & Ethics
    LINGUIST 190FS Cognition, Identity and Linguistic Human Rights
    LINGUIST 212FS Law, Ethics and Responsibility
    LINGUIST 216 Neuroscience and Human Language
    LIT 390-10 Special Topics in Literature and National Cultures, Ethnicity, Race. Mad Men: gender and work
    LIT 521S Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science
    LIT 623 Body Works: Medicine, Technology, and the Body in Early Twenty-First Century America
    MATH 161FS Mathematics: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling in Biology
    MATH 165FS Cryptography and Society
    MATH 168S Mathematical Investigations in Genetics and Genomics
    NEUROSCI 116FS Neuroscience and Human Language
    NEUROSCI 153FS Drugs and the Law
    NEUROSCI 267 Neuroethics
    NEUROSCI 360 Drugs, Brain & Behavior
    NURSING 563 Trends in Genetics & Genomics
    PHARM 370S Pharmacogenomics
    PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
    PHIL 218 Philosophical Issues in Medical Ethics
    PHIL 314 Philosophy of Biology
    PHIL 380 The Scientific Revolution
    PHIL 541S Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science
    PHIL 570 Body Works: Medicine, Technology, and the Body in Early Twenty-First Century America
    POLSCI 176FS Human Rights & World Politics
    PSY 190FS Addiction: Brain, Individual, and Society
    PSY 215FS The Psychology of Crime: Scientific and Public Perspectives
    PSY 681S Genetics and Environment in Abnormal Behavior
    PUBPOL 165 Introduction to the United States Health Care System
    PUBPOL 181FS Human Rights & World Politics
    PUBPOL 185FS Drugs and the Law
    PUBPOL 187FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
    PUBPOL 190FS Migrants, Managers and Multiple Citizens in a Global World
    PUBPOL 190FS.01 International Law & Global Health
    PUBPOL 250FS Law, Ethics and Responsibility
    PUBPOL 314 Managing the Oceans
    PUBPOL 373 Intellectual Property & Innovation: Law, Policy & Entrepreneurship
    PUBPOL 590 Applied Big Data Science
    PUBPOL590S Social Determinants of Health Disparities
    ROMST 19FS Cognition, Identity and Linguistic Human Rights
    SCISOC 112FS Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the US
    SCISOC 140FS On Suffering: How Science and Stories Shape Us
    SCISOC 153FS Drugs and the Law
    SCISOC 156 Genetics, Genomics, and Society: Implications for the 21st Century
    SCISOC 165 Introduction to the United States Health Care System
    SCISOC 165FS Cryptography and Society
    SCISOC 189FS To Boldly Go! Global Health and the American Way of Engagement
    SCISOC 194FS Science in Pop Culture
    SCISOC 195FS Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World (GE)
    SCISOC 196FS Patient and Research Participant Activism and Advocacy
    SCISOC 197FS From Siri to Skynet: Our Complex Relationships with Technology
    SCISOC 198FS Performing Science: Experimentation, Collaboration, and Artistry
    SCISOC 199FS Risks, Rewards, Rules, and Tools: Science Law and Policy
    SCISOC 205 Science, Technology, Ethics, and Masculinity in American Culture
    SCISOC 212FS Law, Ethics & Responsibility
    SCISOC 238S Influential Scientists and Policy Leaders in Science Policy
    SCISOC 248 Science and Policy of Obesity
    SCISOC 258D Race, Genomics, and Society
    SCISOC 260 Magic, Religion, and Science since 1400
    SCISOC 268S Law & Genomic Sciences
    SCISOC 290S Special Topics in Genome Sciences
    SCISOC 293 Research Independent Study in Science & Society
    SCISOC 293-1 Research Independent Study in Science & Society
    SCISOC 294 Research Independent Study in Science & Society
    SCISOC 294-1 Research Independent Study in Science & Society
    SCISOC 299L Introduction to Landscape Archaeology and Cultural Landscapes
    SCISOC 303 Rise of Modern Science: Newton to Einstein
    SCISOC 337 French Scientists Write
    SCISOC 341 Ethics of Global Infectious Disease Control
    SCISOC 369 History of Public Health in America
    SCISOC 371 Feast and Famine: Food in Global History
    SCISOC 380S The Scientific Revolution
    SCISOC 417S Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
    SCISOC 439S Neuroscience and Multilingualism
    SCISOC 490 Special Topics in Genome Sciences
    SCISOC 502S Communicating Science & Bioethics
    SCISOC 590 Special Topics in Science & Society
    SCISOC 590S Special Topics in Science & Society
    SCISOC 590S-1 Special Topics
    SCISOC 606S Robots in Society
    SCISOC 612 Ethics and Policy in Genomics
    SCISOC 627 Molecular Ecology
    SCISOC 641S Cancer in Our Lives: Film, Narrative, Fiction, History and Politics
    SCISOC 702 Science Communication for Scientists
    SCISOC 709S Science, Medicine, and the Body
    SCISOC 750 Genomics of Microbial Diversity
    SCISOC 799S Topics in Ecological Genomics
    SOC 178FS Refugees, Rights and Resettlement
    SOCIOL 264 Death and Dying
    SOCIOL 360 Global Apple: Life and Death and the Digital Revolution
    STA 110FS An Introduction to Statistical Modeling
    STA 112FS Better Living through Data Science: Exploring, Modeling, Predicting, Understanding
    UPGEN 786 Complex Traits and Evolutionary Genetics
    VMS 212FS Digital photography; Education, Childhood and Growth
    WOMENST 278 Sex/ Gender Nature/Nurture
    WOMENST 290 Science, Law, and Literature
    WOMENST 290.03 Sexuality and the Law. Comparative Investigations

     

    Previously Offered Electives

    Bioethic 502 Communicating Science & Bioethics
    Biology 210FS Genomes, Biology, Medicine
    BME 562 Biology By Design
    English 190FS-2 – 01 Literature, Genetics & Freedom
    Genome 108FS/PUBPOL 183FS Genome and the Internet: Growing Up Together
    Genome 156 Genetics, Genomics, and Society: Implications for the 21st Century
    Phil 290 Ethics of Biotechnology
    Phil 385 Science, Ethics, and Society
    Phil 590 Ethics of Biotechnology Policy
    PubPol 184FS Synthetic Genomics
    PubPol 190FS.05/HISTORY 190FS.05 A Social and Political History of Genomics
    PubPol 233S Scientists and Public Policy
    PubPol 381S Science & the Media
    PubPol 634/CBB 612 Ethics & Policy in Genomics
    PubPol 641S/GENOME 641S Cancer in Our Lives: Film, Narrative, Fiction, History, & Politics
    PubPol 590S-02 / GENOME 590S-06 Cancer and the Genome
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