Spring 2017 University Courses

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) offered three University Courses for Spring 2017. 

Eating Ethics


Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought, Center for Ethics; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; and Associate Professor, Department of Religion

Course Description

Few things are as essential to human flourishing as eating, and fewer still are as ethically fraught.  Considering the ethical features of this necessary daily task is best done by flipping the academy on its head: we eat our subject matter through as many disciplines as possible.  Students will collectively plan menus, shop, prep, cook, serve and eat meals on weekly themes.

This course will take place on Wednesdays from 6-9pm in the demonstration kitchen on the ground floor of Few Hall.

Disability, Resilience, and the Mortal Self


Bruce Greenfield, Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Senior Fellow, Center for Ethics

Aaron Stutz, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Oxford College

Course Description

Through this seminar participants from across the University community will discuss and study the intricate complexity of disability and resilience in the human life-course.

The definition of disability is elusive and changing. It may depend significantly on cultural, political and historical circumstances. Yet, it is often seen as a temporary or permanent departure from a normal state. In this course, undergraduate, graduate, and faculty, and wider community participants will challenge the common understanding of disability, examining the way that we develop, experience, deal with, and construct narratives about normality and mortality through the lens of disability, across the arc of our lives.

This University Course will focus primarily on physical disabilities that present neuromuscular impairments. However, participants will explore how dealing with neuromuscular impairments shapes and relates to contexts for dealing with other forms of disability. From this perspective, we will engage one another in an important endeavor: to work on relating to all kinds and degrees of disability.

The main learning goal is to use narrative composition, presentation, analysis, and revision to help us reflect over, understand, and perhaps impact our bodily capacities and experiences—which together will inevitably contribute to a diverse set of embodied histories of life, dying, and death.

Indeed, how we experience our embodied life histories depends on how we relate to others’ life histories. In turn, how we relate to each other can socially define self and other, normality and abnormality, able and disabled.

It is not an easy challenge to investigate and shed light on the complex, emotional interplay between episodes of disability and healing, on the one hand, and our always-socially-salient, life-long experiences of illness and resilience, on the other. This course takes up that task by collaboratively studying scientific and clinical approaches (emphasizing hands-on cases from physical therapy, biological anthropology, and medical anthropology), working on reflective narrative essay writing and thematic analysis of disability and rehabilitation narratives. By the end of this University course, graduate and undergraduate participants alike will have gained and shared substantially new experiences and understandings about how our diverse life histories shape and connect us.

This university course will take place on Tuesdays from 1-4pm in a location TBD

Global Security and Leadership in a Complex World


Laurie R. Blank, Clinical Professor of Law Emory Law School

Dabney P. Evans, Assistant Professor of Global Health Rollins School of Public Health

Edward Queen, Director, Ethics and Servant Leadership Program Center for Ethics

Ken Keen, Associate Dean for Leadership Development Goizueta Business School

Course Description

“Global Security and Leadership in a Complex World” offers an interdisciplinary and inter-school perspective on the many substantive, thematic and functional components of global security in the context of the complicated and challenging international environment that today’s students are entering and will enter as graduates and new world citizens.  Global security encompasses grand strategy (such as the relations between states, war, peace, diplomacy and trade); human security (such as access to food, water, health care and economic development opportunities); and the rule of law (including human rights, the law of war, justice and accountability).  The course will address these issues in a holistic manner, bringing together these different component parts of global security from an academic and policy perspective and tying them together with the institutional framework and international political and legal architecture that forms the backbone of the international system.  In addition, a central component of the course will be the integration and analysis of leadership as a critical aspect of global security — both from the perspective of leadership as a tool for promoting and preserving global security and the challenges of leadership in a particularly complex and pervasive security environment.

Students across disciplines at Emory are eager to engage directly in the world and to develop the tools for making an intellectually meaningful and robust contribution to national and international peace and security, conflict resolution and human development. The course will highlight the many component parts of global security — from law to humanitarian access to leadership and ethics to economic development — and will tie these themes together with a comprehensive analysis of the key actors and features of the international system.  Through the course faculty and guest speakers’ unique mix of academic expertise and practical leadership experience, students will not only explore and develop key analytical skills and knowledge of the international system, but will understand and examine the role that leadership plays in putting those skills to use for the enhancement of human security and the promotion of the rule of law.  In essence, this course will marry substantive thematic discourse with the tools of effective leadership, interdisciplinary engagement, and ethical dialogue to put the normative and thematic knowledge discussed into practice and give students unparalleled preparation for the world that awaits them.