Current ORDER Courses

More than meets the eye

A physicist, neurobiologist, biblical scholar, statistician, and a psychologist walk into a classroom…. Rather than the start to a nerdy joke, it is the start of an exciting course that will introduce you to ongoing interdisciplinary research at Emory. This course will explore polymer physics in food, how sunlight controls your eye, masculinity in the book of Daniel, the statistics of mental health, and how we remember and forget. Divided into five modules, over the course of the semester you will learn to go beyond the surface by identifying a situation, designing research questions, conducting interdisciplinary projects, critically examining evidence, evaluating results, and proposing creative solutions. Learning activities include cooking demonstrations, a field trip to Yerkes National Primate Research Center, critical engagement with primary sources, and hands on experiments. Mentored by instructors, students will work in groups to complete a final project consisting of a written component and presentation dealing with a situation where there is more than meets the eye.

Connected: Everything and everyone

Sex, sports, farming, violence, crowdsourcing. In this course we will work together to draw connections between these seemingly disparate topics. Making these connections will help us to better understand the process of conducting research, because research is all about identifying and testing connections. We can analyze the connections between people and their cities; between strangers online; between life adversity and health. In this Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship (IDEAS) course, students will learn (a) how to test hypothesized links between issues; and (b) how our ideas, and ultimately we, are all connected. Through this course, students will gain exposure to how scholars in history, sociology, neuroscience, computer science, and public health build research strategies, test hypotheses, and make conclusions relevant to their fields and the greater public. The course also provides students with hands-on research experience. Students will identify a question of interest to them and explore different ways to test their hypotheses. By the end of the course, students will conduct research, analyze data, and make conclusions about the connections they seek to understand.