This course will be offered as a part of the Fall 2019 Duke Immerse program at the Marine Lab. Registration in this course is restricted to those students in the Duke Immerse program. Check our DukeImmerse page for additional information.
Students will gain a grounding in marine sciences which will help them to evaluate impacts of anthropogenic activities on both marine ecosystems and the humans that rely on them. After developing an understanding of the issues facing environmental and human health and well-being in marine systems, students will travel to Duke Kunshan University in China, to better understand environmental challenges facing a rapidly developing economy. This course will embrace immersive field experiences in both North Carolina and China that will contextualize classroom learning as well as develop connections with environmental practitioners and residents. Duke Immerse course, instructor consent required.
This will be the core course offered as part of a new Duke Immerse Program on Oceans and Health, which will be offered in Fall 2019. Due to the flexible nature of the Duke Immerse experience (that all students take a common set of courses), this course will predominantly meet in the first half of the semester and will culminate in a 2-week visit to Duke Kunshan University (DKU) in China to compare and contrast human and environmental health concerns in Eastern North Carolina and in Coastal China. Due to the high number of contact hours due to the trip to China, we will meet irregularly in the second half of the semester. This arrangement will give students more time to focus on their independent study topics which will be offered through a separate independent study course and will allow students to focus on a topic of interest.