Advanced Spanish-English and English-Spanish Translation

Exploration of theories of translation utilizing texts exemplifying key cultural topics and linguistic concerns. Students will practice translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish applying translation principles and negotiating translation of cultural references. Products created individually or in collaboration include ads, poems, newspaper articles and editorials, subtitles and dubbing for film clips, a pamphlet, phone recording, or web page as a community project, and a blog reflecting on the translation process wherein students may apply theoretical readings.

Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the US

Study of medical ethics, policy, clinical, and personal issues in working with dying and bereaved people. Focuses on diverse populations in ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, education, sexual orientation, and more. Various models for providing care to the dying and bereaved. Visits from Hospice practitioners and doctors, field trips to funeral home and to Duke Hospice where the professor is a social worker.

Pursuit of Equality: Rethinking Schools - Lens of Social Justice

In 1954 the Supreme Court case Brown versus the Board of Education forever changed American schools by ending segregation and creating educational equity. Or did it? Are today’s schools any more inclusive or socially just than schools were 50 years ago? Examination of ways schools may or may not perpetuate and reproduce social inequities. Focus on recent efforts to imagine and create socially-just schools.

Farmworkers in North Carolina: Roots of Poverty, Roots of Change

Focus on those who bring food to our tables, particularly those who labor in the fields of North Carolina and the Southeast. Students will learn about farm work from the plantation system and slavery to sharecropping and up to the migrant and seasonal farmworker population today. Study and analysis of media representations of farmworkers and agricultural issues as well as historical and contemporary documentary work and its contributions to farmworker advocacy. Includes a service-learning component in volving work in the community.

Advanced Chinese II

Continuation of Chinese 305. Designed for Chinese as a foreign/second language. Builds knowledge of more sophisticated linguistic forms and learning to differentiate between different types of written and spoken discourse. Development of writing skills in selected formats and genres while continuing to develop correct use of speech patterns and vocabulary and cross-cultural understanding. Content drawn from newspaper articles, essays, and other readings concerning social and cultural issues in contemporary Chinese society. Prerequisite: Chinese 305 or equivalent.

Community-Based Research with Spanish-Speakers

This course partners with Duke faculty to assist them in implementing their research projects in the local Spanish-speaking community. As a service-learning course, students serve a minimum of 20 hours in tasks such as interpreters, survey takers, assisting in home visits, etc. as needed in the research study. Class session will explore topics related to the content of the research study such as education or health. In addition students will focus on research methods, cultural competency, and linguistic skills necessary to interact with the Latino/a community.