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Choose Your Innovation Adventure

Now more than ever, the world needs creative problem solvers, leaders able to navigate unprecedented situations with confidence and clarity. Whatever your major is, and whatever your passions are, you’ll find I&E courses that let you explore your interests and build innovation and entrepreneurship skills to help you in any career.

You can learn about how to launch a venture, how to innovate using social media, or how entrepreneurs can help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Take a deep dive into innovations in global health, the arts, ethical tech, and more.

To see course requirements and electives for the I&E Undergraduate Certificate, visit the Overview & Requirements page.

Spring 2021

  • I&E 89S Special Topics: Leading Through Change
    Anisman-Razin, Moran
    WF 3:30 PM –4:45 PM
    Old Chemistry 101

    In this class, we will examine the skill sets and mindsets of effective leaders in order to hone our own abilities to make change. Drawing on the interdisciplinary body of work business schools use to train their students, we will study different dimensions of leadership in theory and practice, particularly as it pertains to responding well to moments of crisis or uncertainty. In such times, having a clear sense of one’s values, especially as they are challenges by events and people around them, is crucial for their individual well-being, connections to others in the community, and influencing others. To better understand the context and its implications for leadership, we will draw on work on social change and social action from relevant disciplines such as social psychology, sociology and political science.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Seminar, (EI) Ethical Inquiry, What Now?
  • I&E 252 Learning to Fail
    Gould, Amanda
    TuTh 10:15 AM -11:30 AM
    Online


    Most people spend their lives afraid of failing. Yet, many of the world’s most successful people failed numerous times on their paths toward success. The underlying question of this class is if failing is as antithetical to learning as we’re taught to believe. To explore this question, we will test ways of using failure as a strategy for learning. We will experiment with failure to learn how it can make us better as we develop our skills as innovators, specifically focusing on the earliest stage of creativity: ideation. We will use failure through experimentation as a technique for problem definition and needs discovery which, in turn, will help us validate the quality of our ideas.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Bass Connections (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 253 Social Marketing
    Dinin, Aaron P
    TuTh 12:00 PM – 01:15 PM
    LSRC B101

    If you’re like the typical student, you spend hundreds of hours every month on sites like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, but you’ve never paid a penny for any of the services. Have you ever wondered how they could be free? In the web marketing industry, we have a saying for this seeming paradox: “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer… you’re the product.” In other words, even though you might think of yourself as a valued user within your preferred social community, in reality, you’re actually the product the company is selling. In Social Marketing for Entrepreneurs, we’ll explore the other side of social media that most people never see: the customer side. Instead of using social media for entertainment, we’ll learn about using social media to market our products, companies, ideas, and even ourselves. Through a variety of readings, case studies, speakers, and real-world experiments, we’ll spend the semester learning how to transform social media from a tool for entertainment into a tool for promotion, brand building, and revenue generation.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (SS)Social Sciences; (STS) Science, Technology & Society
  • I&E 259 ARTS, FILM, OR MEDIA PRACTICUM (Field Studies)
    Price, Karen
    M 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Online

    This course will accompany the semester-long internship and will assist students in developing interpersonal and workplace competencies, reflection tools, professional capabilities, and focused expertise. It will also provide students with skills and tools to prepare them for future work in the creative industries. They will attend one group meeting and three one-on-one, half-hour academic supervisor meetings (with assignments due at each meeting designed to move the final research project forward).

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance
  • I&E 265S Digital Feminism
    Rispoli, Tania
    MW 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
    Online

    The aim of this course is to critically analyze digital culture from a feminist and gender studies perspective. We will address topics related to digital innovation and its history, unpacking and questioning them through the insights offered by genders studies analytical tools. Subjects such as the rise of the Silicon Valley, gaming culture, social media, algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, extraction of data applied to biotechnology, macroeconomic development of IT platforms and the impact of technology on ecology will be discussed starting from a current event or debate, to which we will give a historical, ethical, sociological, theoretical, literary or cinematographic perspective.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Seminar, (R) Research, (STS) Science, Technology, and Society, (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 281 Technology Commercialization
    Harnett, Sue
    M 5:15 PM – 7:45 PM
    Online

    This course covers assessment, development, and translation for a range of technical areas, such as pharmaceuticals, computer science, energy, and medical devices. The course is organized around the basic elements of taking technology from conception to development and commercialization, including understanding technology, developing a plan to get to market, and assessing the potential market. Combines lecture, case assignments, and discussion of real technology development opportunities.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: None
  • I&E 290.01 Special Topics: Designing Ethical Tech
    Chernik, Aria
    TuTh 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
    Online

    No technology is value-neutral. Our tools both embody and express the preferences and privileges of those who design them. Anyone designing technological systems should be sensitive to the ways their inventions can reinforce particular relations of power and visions of (in)justice. This interdisciplinary course aims to help students develop those sensitivities. With particular attention to high-profile digital innovations like machine learning and algorithmic automation, students will investigate ways computational machines can promulgate and circumvent various forms of authority and control. Students will work to understand how principles derived from various “open” movements—for example, open source software and hardware, open access, and open education—might help us analyze (and design for) new and different social arrangements. Additionally, students will learn the theory and praxis of open design, a variation of design thinking and human-centered design. Collaborating with one another, with instructors, and with industry experts, students will research opportunities for building tools that address social issues, identify an opportunity to contribute innovations in these areas, complete design sprints to refine their ideas, and collaborate extensively to produce open-access educational resources.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (EI) Ethical Inquiry; (STS) Science, Technology, and Society
  • I&E 290.02 Special Topics: Sports Entrepreneurship
    Kucharz, Ezra
    MW 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
    Online

    Most aspiring entrepreneurs look at startups with a unrealistic view of what it takes to start and grow a business.  In the world of sports and sports media it is further complicated by some of the most powerful organizations, athletes and executives in the world.   Good ideas aren’t enough.   Knowing how the industry functions and where the opportunities exist are the only way to win. It starts with an idea, maybe you write a business plan and then you move to a Minimally Viable Product or do you use a Risk Assessment Test?  What does your business canvas look like?  Now you’re ready to get funding and launch your business. Through a variety of readings, guest speakers, and case studies in Sports Entrepreneurship, we’ll explore what it takes to start a sports based business from idea generation to your funding pitch.  In parallel, we will look at some of the biggest successes from the sports entrepreneurial marketplace.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: None
  • I&E 295S Arts Entrepreneurship
    Green, Douglas
    Supko, John
    M 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Online

    Student teams work on specific arts-based entrepreneurial projects. Teams comprised of students from different backgrounds (arts, engineering, economics, computer science). Goals include creating business plan and launching ventures in areas of the arts. Structure an adaptation of Fuqua Program for Entrepreneurs. Ideal projects have real/positive impact on society. Students learn to situate artistic creativity within projects that meet societal need. Students from any background welcome to apply for enrollment. Must have interest in arts or working with artists in entrepreneurial context.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Seminar
  • I&E 302 Fieldwork Methods
    Wesolowski, Katya
    WF 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
    Section 01 – East Duke 209
    Section 02 – Online

    Anthropology as a discipline (a field of study) and the site where anthropologists work: the field. Combines theories of anthropological fieldwork methods with practice, including participation, observation, and interviews. Students undertake original research in a local field-site of their choice and produce their own mini-ethnography.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (EI) Ethical Inquiry; (R) Research; (W) Writing; (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 310S Non-Profit Cultural Institutions
    Ellison, Daniel
    TUTH 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
    West Duke 105

    Non-profit cultural institutions are an integral part of arts communities at all levels: national, regional, local. Through readings, projects and service-learning, students gain overview of non-profit cultural organization formation, management, operational structures, governance challenges, board member responsibilities and situational ethics. Explores historical and present functions and social structures in which nonprofit tax-exempt organizations operate. Investigates how nonprofit cultural institutions have increasingly become a vehicle for fostering creativity in the arts and humanities. Students partner with local non-profit arts/cultural organizations to work on specific projects.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Seminar, (EI) Ethical Inquiry, Requires SL/CE component—see description/synopsis, (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 350 Customer Empathy & Brand Design
    Brinegar, Brad W
    TuTh 12:00 PM – 01:15 PM
    Online

    Before Dollar Shave Club, we went to Target to save on Gillette. Before Casper, we bounced on beds at Sleepy’s to choose Simmons over Sealy. We still buy traditional brands at traditional stores. But a host of these disruptors (including Bonobos, Warby Parker and Glossier) are cutting out the middleman while redefining brick-and-mortar retail. There is massive-scale disruption: Amazon now gets us whatever we want, whenever and wherever we want it. So today, Amazon’s market value is greater than the combined market value of Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy, Costco, Macy’s, Kroger and CVS. There is surgical disruption: Dollar Shave Club quickly amassed 3 million subscribers. Instead of struggling to replicate their success, Unilever bought the brand for over a billion dollars. These “direct-to-consumer” brands control every customer interaction. This allows them to design a distinctive, holistic brand experience. These brands become as much about that experience as about the product itself. This requires customer empathy. Who is most likely to care about our offering? How do they say they choose brands? Is that really how it works? Do they act rationally and intentionally or emotionally and subconsciously? How does culture affect the brand? How can social communities and influencers amplify our audience or shape the customer journey? Armed with these insights, we can create brands that reframe peoples’ category expectations and, in the best cases, enhance their lives.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences
  • I&E 352 Strategies for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    Amato, Katharine
    SECTION 01: W 10:15 AM – 12:45 PM
    SECTION 02: W 1:45 PM – 4:15 PM
    Online

    This course covers the component elements of developing the skills needed to launch a venture. Starting at the point of need identification, the course covers lean methodology; innovation and entrepreneurship strategy; creating the needed financing and resource structures; effectively marketing/ communicating the innovation and its associated benefits; leading, managing, and working effectively within teams; creating a positive and ethical work culture; and evaluating success. Materials for class discussion are case studies and readings.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences
  • I&E 390 Advanced Special Topics: New Ventures 1 – Discover
    Jones, Jamie
    Tu 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Fuqua TBA

    New Ventures 1 guides students through the earliest, foundational stage of venture formation. Students enter with an interest in starting a venture, and, possibly—though not required—a vague idea for a project, and we’ll spend the semester identifying and clearly defining a specific opportunity for launching a potential product, company, service, organization, and/or nonprofit.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences (SS)
  • I&E 395 New Ventures Development
    Jones, Jamie
    M 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Fuqua TBA

    Have an idea for a problem you want to solve or want to design a business model around someone else’s problem? New Ventures: Development will lead you through the process of understanding whether an idea has teeth and if it is a business worth doing. You will learn to assess opportunities, develop and test business models, understand your financials, and build a successful team. If you have an idea that you’ve validated through New Ventures: Discovery or through your independent customer discovery process, New Venture: Development can help you move from idea to action. If you want the experience of designing a business model but don’t have your own idea, there will be an opportunity to form teams around ideas sourced from across the University. New Ventures: Discovery is the ideal course for anyone who wants to learn how to assess and build new business models.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: None
  • I&E 499.01 Entrepreneurship Capstone: Discover
    Dinin, Aaron P
    W 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Gross Hall 107

    In this course, students bring together interdisciplinary insights from their work throughout the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate program to shed light on innovation and entrepreneurship and the roles they play in addressing the world’s most pressing problems. The class will incorporate rich discussion, selected readings, and guest speakers addressing topics in innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will focus on applying what they have learned through the certificate curriculum to develop an innovation and entrepreneurship capstone project.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences
  • I&E 499.02 Entrepreneurship Capstone: Client-Based
    Bonaparte, Yvette
    Th 5:15 PM – 7:45 PM
    Online

    In this course, students bring together interdisciplinary insights from their work throughout the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate program to shed light on innovation and entrepreneurship and the roles they play in addressing the world’s most pressing problems. The class will incorporate rich discussion, selected readings, and guest speakers addressing topics in innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will focus on applying what they have learned through the certificate curriculum to develop an innovation and entrepreneurship capstone project.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences
  • I&E 510 Social Innovation Practicum
    Bloom, Paul
    Nash, Matthew
    Tu 5:15 PM – 7:45 PM

    In the Social Innovation Practicum, students will engage with social entrepreneurs and other practitioners to learn about and support the design, development, validation, assessment, and scaling up of innovative, sustainable approaches to addressing critical social and environmental problems in Durham and around the world. Working in multidisciplinary teams, students will gather and analyze data, develop recommendations, formulate implementation plans, and provide other capacity-building support to clients that may include domestic and international social entrepreneurs, social enterprises, funders, public sector innovators and policy makers, and corporate social impact managers. 

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Bass Connections, Requires SL/CE component—see description/synopsis
  • I&E 590.01 Special Topics: Global Health Practicum
    Clements, Dennis
    TuTh 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
    Online

    The course is intended to enhance students’ abilities to explore the complex problems being faced by our world and to develop innovative methods to address those problems, but in a region specific manner – working with innovators in East Africa.  The course reinforces the entrepreneurial and human-centered design approach to a problem that is supplied by an innovator in East Africa.  The students will have to consider novel solutions that are effective, efficient, sustainable, and scalable, for the local innovator.  It requires a student to be aware of cultural aspects that demand humility and understanding. And to understand the social situation in which the problem addressed is located. The course requires providing a written solution to a health condition appropriate for the cultural, economic and geographic environment and involves participatory problem solving and other human-centered design approaches; The solution requires significant research and teamwork.  Financial and government constraints are paramount in developing a successful potential solution.  Furthermore evaluation and the measurement of success are required to determine if the project is successful and scalable.  The solutions will be evaluated by independent experts and feedback will be provided.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences (SS), Requires SL/CE component—see description/synopsis
  • I&E 590.02 Special Topics: Open Design + Innovation
    Chernik, Aria
    TuTh 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
    Online

    Open design is a variation of design thinking and human-centered design that applies an ethical framework to the process of understanding complex problems and developing innovative solutions. Open design is influenced by the guiding principles of open source software and development communities as well as the ethical inquiries concerning empathy and an individual’s responsibilities in relation to self and others. Students will gain familiarity with the ethics of open, as well as extensive practice engaging in the open design process, which includes empathizing with stakeholders, ideating prototypes, analyzing qualitative data and iterating forward, communicating across media, and thinking boldly and creatively in the face of uncertainty. This is an active learning course that requires both self-initiated learning and goal-setting as well as intensive collaboration and contribution to course deliverables.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (EI) Ethical Inquiry, Bass Connections, (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 590.03 Special Topics: Beyond WASH
    Seymour, Zakiya
    Th 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Online

    This class focuses on providing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) within the developing world context. Tailored to assist future practitioners, the class will begin with exploring access to water and sanitation as basic human rights. It will then delve into the constraining factors – environmental, social, political/governance, etc. – that should be considered when designing and implementing WASH technologies in communities. Factors such as privatization and globalization of water supply as well as racial/ethnic/gender disparities in providing water access will also be discussed. Throughout, we will consider promising approaches to developing, delivering, and scaling innovations in WASH. Designed as an interactive facilitator/activity-based format, the course would also include mini-group projects analyzing potential appropriate technologies, frameworks, and strategies for WASH services.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied:  Social Sciences (SS)

Fall 2021

  • I&E 252 Learning to Fail
    Gould, Amanda S
    Dinin, Aaron P
    TuTh 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

    Online

    In academic learning environments, students are taught to fear failure. Failing will ruin your GPA, prevent you from getting into a good college, cause trouble with parents, make you an outcast among your peers, and might even get you expelled. These kinds of negative associations with failure become so ingrained in school that most people spend their lives afraid of failing. Conversely, many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs failed multiple times on their paths toward success. The underlying question of this class is to wonder if failing is really as antithetical to learning as we’ve been taught to believe. We’re going to try to answer the question in two ways. First, we’re going to examine examples of some of history’s greatest failures and see how they impacted future decisions. Second, we’re going to attempt a series of ambitious entrepreneurial tasks where the goal will be nearly impossible to achieve. But accomplishing the tasks isn’t how we’ll judge success. Instead, when good entrepreneurs fail, they learn from their mistakes in order to have a better chance of succeeding in future attempts. So we’ll judge success in our class not by how poorly we did, but by how well prepared we are to try again.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 253 Social Marketing
    Dinin, Aaron P
    TuTh 12:00 PM – 01:15 PM

    Online and On-Campus (Hybrid)

    If you’re like the typical student, you spend hundreds of hours every month on sites like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, but you’ve never paid a penny for any of the services. Have you ever wondered how they could be free? In the web marketing industry, we have a saying for this seeming paradox: “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer… you’re the product.” In other words, even though you might think of yourself as a valued user within your preferred social community, in reality, you’re actually the product the company is selling. In Social Marketing for Entrepreneurs, we’ll explore the other side of social media that most people never see: the customer side. Instead of using social media for entertainment, we’ll learn about using social media to market our products, companies, ideas, and even ourselves. Through a variety of readings, case studies, speakers, and real-world experiments, we’ll spend the semester learning how to transform social media from a tool for entertainment into a tool for promotion, brand building, and revenue generation.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (SS)Social Sciences; (STS) Science, Technology & Society
  • I&E 261.01 SOCIAL INNOVATION | I&E 261.02 SOCIAL INNOVATION
    Nash, Matthew T
    SECTION 01: W 03:30 PM – 06:00 PM
    SECTION 02: W 10:15 AM – 12:45 PM

    Online and On-Campus (Hybrid)

    This course provides an overview of social innovation. It will begin by assessing problems with current mental and organizational models for addressing social needs and the resulting desire for, and urgency of, innovative approaches. The course develops a theory of innovation and describes examples of persons and organizations demonstrating innovative approaches. We also look at how to innovate effectively and the attributes and skills that cultivate such innovation, emphasizing the importance of systemic thinking, cross sector collaboration, and creative engagement. The course will combine lectures with discussion groups that consider issues such as education, health, children, poverty, and the environment. The course also will seek to provide students with a framework and tools for imagining their own engagement in social innovation.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (EI) Ethical Inquiry; Cross-listed in another department –
    (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 263S PROBLEM SOLVING GLOBAL HEALTH
    Clements, Dennis A
    TuTh 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

    Online and On-Campus (Hybrid)

    Global health, both international and local, has a long way to go to support healthy lives. In this class, students will have the opportunity to gain understanding of how the Entrepreneurial method can help to improve health. Students will learn about the victories and the challenges, and in the end, will be better able to be successful in their future endeavors. Students will be challenged, and will have to work, but in the end, they will be proud of their accomplishments and newfound knowledge.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Seminar; Cross-listed in another department –
    (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 272S DOCUMENTARY AND POLICY
    Price, Karen

    Examines documentaries as catalysts for change in local, state, and federal laws and regulations, with special attention to relationships between film and organizations with political influence. Looks at how documentaries have altered public sentiment and political outcomes. Uses case studies of documentary films (essay-style, journalistic, information-driven films; narrative, story-driven films; propaganda; art films; and hybrids of all of the above). Explores the question of how a film achieves influence: for example, with a high-profile theatrical and/or television release, by utilization as an educational tool, or by ‘going viral’ to become part of a public conversation.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Seminar; Cross-listed in another department –
    (ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance
  • I&E 290.01 Special Topics : Media, Entertainment & Tech
    Simmons, Jed
    Tu 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    Online and On-Campus (Hybrid)

    We will look at how we make, distribute and consume media. Students will get a deeper understanding of the media and entertainment space and entrepreneurial thinking, as well as context around players in today’s media and entertainment. We will focus on entrepreneurs and innovative companies and creators revolutionizing media and entertainment, as well as thought leaders in the space. The class will feature cases, articles, speakers, in class discussion along with a term long project. The class will cover key categories and innovative companies that are defining today’s next generation of media and entertainment in consumer platforms, programmers/content, and new innovations (e.g. eSports, Gaming, VR and AR, Podcasting, AI, Blockchain)

    Ask yourself, do you go to Spotify, Google Play, Pandora or iTunes radio? Are you a regular on the BuzzFeed, FB, Snapchat and Twitter Apps? How often are you watching YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram videos and when did you last go on Netflix, Amazon or Hulu or HBOGo? Or not? Do you watch ads online, skip them or even notice them or block them? Are you willing to subscribe to get content or programming? How many subscriptions do you already have? Do you play a game produced by Riot Games? How many hours do you spend on your XBOX or Playstation? Or on Twitch? How many Podcasts do you listen to a week? How often do you share media?

    The modules will include case days, discussion days and speaker days. Additionally, the class will hit on key fundamentals to the industry such as rights management, data, regulation, revenue fundamentals (advertising, subscriptions), fundraising for content companies, audience development and corporate culture.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (STS) Science, Technology & Society
  • I&E 290.02 Special Topics: Customer Empathy & Brand Design
    Brinegar, Brad W
    TUTH 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

    Online

    Before Dollar Shave Club, we went to Target to save on Gillette. Before Casper, we bounced on beds at Sleepy’s to choose Simmons over Sealy. We still buy traditional brands at traditional stores. But a host of these disruptors (including Bonobos, Warby Parker and Glossier) are cutting out the middleman while redefining brick-and-mortar retail. There is massive-scale disruption: Amazon now gets us whatever we want, whenever and wherever we want it. So today, Amazon’s market value is greater than the combined market value of Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy, Costco, Macy’s, Kroger and CVS. There is surgical disruption: Dollar Shave Club quickly amassed 3 million subscribers. Instead of struggling to replicate their success, Unilever bought the brand for over a billion dollars. These “direct-to-consumer” brands control every customer interaction. This allows them to design a distinctive, holistic brand experience. These brands become as much about that experience as about the product itself. This requires customer empathy. Who is most likely to care about our offering? How do they say they choose brands? Is that really how it works? Do they act rationally and intentionally or emotionally and subconsciously? How does culture affect the brand? How can social communities and influencers amplify our audience or shape the customer journey? Armed with these insights, we can create brands that reframe peoples’ category expectations and, in the best cases, enhance their lives.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences
  • I&E 290.03 Special Topics: Innovation, Product & Design
    Timke, Edward E
    McClelland, Steven
    Hoch, Kevin D
    Kelly Deyncourt, Megan
    TuTh 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

    Online

    Through this exploratory course, students foster a learning mindset by expanding their self-awareness and enhancing their teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. As the course unfolds, students learn about their biases, strengths, and values; find ways to communicate with and trust others on a team working toward a common mission; observe and anticipate the needs of others; and develop ways to influence others through creative storytelling and systematic problem-solving. Students also grapple with ethical questions and challenging problems that cannot be solved without establishing a realistic cultural empathy. Class sessions involve interactive exercises that apply theory to practice, self- and group assessments, dynamic guest speakers, and applied creative projects.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (CCI) Cross Cultural Inquiry; (EI) Ethical Inquiry;
    Cross-listed in another department – (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 290.04 Special Topics: Designing Ethical Tech
    Chernik, Aria
    Th 10:15 AM – 12:45 PM

    Online

    No technology is value-neutral. Our tools both embody and express the preferences and privileges of those who design them. Anyone designing technological systems should be sensitive to the ways their inventions can reinforce particular relations of power and visions of (in)justice. This interdisciplinary course aims to help students develop those sensitivities. With particular attention to high-profile digital innovations like machine learning and algorithmic automation, students will investigate ways computational machines can promulgate and circumvent various forms of authority and control. Students will work to understand how principles derived from various “open” movements—for example, open source software and hardware, open access, and open education—might help us analyze (and design for) new and different social arrangements. Additionally, students will learn the theory and praxis of open design, a variation of design thinking and human-centered design. Collaborating with one another, with instructors, and with industry experts, students will research opportunities for building tools that address social issues, identify an opportunity to contribute innovations in these areas, complete design sprints to refine their ideas, and collaborate extensively to produce open-access educational resources.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (EI) Ethical Inquiry; (STS) Science, Technology, and Society
  • I&E 302 Fieldwork Methods
    Nelson, Diane

    Anthropology as a discipline (a field of study) and the site where anthropologists work: the field. Combines theories of anthropological fieldwork methods with practice, including participation, observation, and interviews. Students undertake original research in a local fieldsite of their choice and produce their own mini-ethnography.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: (EI) Ethical Inquiry; (R) Research; (W) Writing; Cross-listed in another department – (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 311S LEGAL ISSUES IN THE PERFORMING ARTS
    Ellison, Daniel

    An overview of copyright, contract, discrimination, employment, obscenity and other laws relevant to performing arts through readings and discussion of case law, statutes, sample legal documents, news reports and other materials. Includes exposure to legal issues for non-profit boards. Cuts across these legal issues to examine creative works themselves and their interplay with the body of laws. Views legal system in a broader context that examines how our legal system is a useful tool in promoting creation of artistic works.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Seminar; (EI) Ethical Inquiry; Cross-listed in another department – (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 352 Strategies for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    Amato, Katharine
    W 1:45 PM – 4:15 PM

    Online

    This course covers the component elements of developing the skills needed to launch a venture. Starting at the point of need identification, the course covers lean methodology; innovation and entrepreneurship strategy; creating the needed financing and resource structures; effectively marketing/ communicating the innovation and its associated benefits; leading, managing, and working effectively within teams; creating a positive and ethical work culture; and evaluating success. Materials for class discussion are case studies and readings.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences
  • I&E 375 Economics of Entrepreneurship
    Kim, Grace

    Application of microeconomic theory, such as game theory and industrial organization, to analyze business start-ups and their development. Focus on evaluation of the role of entrepreneurs in the macroeconomy, and the microeconomic performance of young businesses. The effects of government policies and economic fluctuations on entrepreneurs will be addressed, as well as an understanding of the organization and financial structure, development, and allocational decisions of growing entrepreneurial ventures. Pre-requisite: Economics 201D.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Cross-listed in another department – (SS) Social Sciences
  • I&E 390S.01 Advanced Special Topics: Creative Collaboration as Social Action
    Dickinson, Barbara

    This course examines the attributes of creative collaboration initiated by artists for social action. We will consider theories of collaboration and of creativity; and case studies that look at the processes and best practices of such collaborative projects. Faculty and guest artists in diverse fields will contribute, addressing such topics as the creation of institutions that combine social action and the arts; the choreography of conflict resolution; and social action through performance or artistic product. This course will interrogate the ethical issues of engagement by artists with marginalized and/or hidden populations. Many projects with the goal of social action often delve into the personal narratives of populations that are marginalized, stigmatized, or silent. It is incumbent on a course such as this to thoroughly consider how these populations are approached and how their stories are used in a way that is backed by the complete understanding of the artists and by permission of the populations involved. Issues of confidentiality and safety for all involved are paramount. The intent and the experience of the project leaders is also important. Do they have the knowledge and experience to tackle the project, or are they entering blindly into a complex process; are they coming from a save-the-world mentality or are they willing to listen and collaborate in a way that is respectful of those with whom they are interacting?

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Seminar; (ALP) Art, Literature & Performance; (CCI) Cross Cultural Inquiry; (EI) Ethical Inquiry
  • I&E 395 New Ventures Development
    Jones, Jamie
    M 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Online and On-Campus (Hybrid)


     Have an idea for a problem you want to solve or want to design a business model around someone else’s problem? New Ventures: Development will lead you through the process of understanding whether an idea has teeth and if it is a business worth doing. You will learn to assess opportunities, develop and test business models, understand your financials, and build a successful team. If you have an idea that you’ve validated through New Ventures: Discovery or through your independent customer discovery process, New Venture: Development can help you move from idea to action. If you want the experience of designing a business model but don’t have your own idea, there will be an opportunity to form teams around ideas sourced from across the University. New Ventures: Discovery is the ideal course for anyone who wants to learn how to assess and build new business models.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: None
  • I&E 499 Entrepreneurship Capstone
    Dinin, Aaron P
    Tu 3:30PM – 6:00PM

    Online and On-Campus (Hybrid)

    In this course, students bring together interdisciplinary insights from their work throughout the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate program to shed light on innovation and entrepreneurship and the roles they play in addressing the world’s most pressing problems. The class will incorporate rich discussion, selected readings, and guest speakers addressing topics in innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will focus on applying what they have learned through the certificate curriculum to develop an innovation and entrepreneurship capstone project.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences
  • I&E 590.01 Special Topics: Open Design + Innovation
    Chernik, Aria
    T 10:15 AM – 12:45 PM

    Online

    Open design is a variation of design thinking and human-centered design that applies an ethical framework to the process of understanding complex problems and developing innovative solutions. Open design is influenced by the guiding principles of open source software and development communities as well as the ethical inquiries concerning empathy and an individual’s responsibilities in relation to self and others.Students will gain familiarity with the ethics of open, as well as extensive practice engaging in the open design process, which includes empathizing with stakeholders, ideating prototypes, analyzing qualitative data and iterating forward, communicating across media, and thinking boldly and creatively in the face of uncertainty. This is an active learning course that requires both self-initiated learning and goal-setting as well as intensive collaboration and contribution to course deliverables.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: Social Sciences (SS), Ethical Inquiry (EI)
  • I&E 590.02 Special Topics: NEW VENTURES CLINIC-HEALTHCARE
    Hallford, Charles R
    Sankaran, Sharlini
    M 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    Online

    The New Ventures Clinic – Healthcare is an opportunity for students to work on commercialization plans for technologies developed at Duke University, in particular in the areas of therapeutics (pharmaceuticals), diagnostics, and medical devices. In most cases, the students will work to define a plan for a start-up that would license the technology from Duke, but other strategies are also possible (e.g., not-for-profit).

    The technologies chosen will have been screened by the Office of Licensing and Ventures, so they will all be determined to have commercial potential. The project teams will work in close collaboration with OLV.

    Student teams will be assigned one technology to work on. They will have access to the scientist or inventor of the technology, and will also work with an academic and a business mentor. Teams will be interdisciplinary and students will gather and analyze data, develop recommendations, formulate implementation plans, and provide other capacity-building support to clients. Students will work on teams that have relevant business and technical backgrounds. Student teams will follow a structured process to develop a strategy and plan for the venture.

    Trinity Requirements satisfied: None
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