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LINC Courses


LINC courses (Learning through Inclusive Collaboration) pair faculty from different disciplines, each teaching their own independent course, to create points of intersection, or links, between the two courses -- a few common readings, presentations, projects, etc., on which faculty and students in both classes will cooperate/coordinate.

Why LINC?

The HHMI LINC initiative (Learning through Inclusive Collaboration) seeks to unlock the powerful synergy of intellectual and social inclusivity in the classroom to drive innovation at Emory University. We see interdisciplinary work as a fundamental form of intellectual inclusivity. Working across and between disciplines offers a multiplicity of points of entry, maximizing participants’ ability to find and express their perspectives and interests.

We see broad participation and engagement, by both students and faculty, as a key measure of social inclusivity. We propose that intellectual inclusivity, expressed through path breaking interdisciplinary practice, promotes social inclusivity by facilitating and attracting the participation of people from a wide range of identities, perspectives, and approaches. Through LINC courses that leverage existing courses to create points of intersection, we will assess whether intellectual inclusivity promotes social inclusivity and fosters innovation.

The LINC Workshop

As a key component of achieving this vision, we are offering a workshop on “Learning through Inclusive Collaboration” that will lead directly to faculty teaching a paired LINC (Learning through Inclusive Collaboration) course in the 2022-23 AY. The upcoming workshop dates will be announced.

The workshop will leverage existing course offerings by preparing faculty pairs from different disciplines to create points of intersection, or links, between the two courses that encourage a diverse range of perspectives and thus lead to a more inclusive classroom. Each course will remain independently taught through the home department, but each faculty member will revise their syllabus to be more interdisciplinary and inclusive, and to include several points of convergence with their partner LINC course, such as common readings, presentations, projects, etc., on which faculty and students in both classes will cooperate/coordinate.

2021-22AY LINC Courses

Fall 2021
PSYC 473W Neurobiology of PTSDAndy KazamaHLTH 334 War and TraumaChris Eagle
PHIL 190 Music and EducationCynthia WillettMUS/FILM 383 Music, Film & PoliticsLaura Emmery
Spring 2022
Dance LiteracyLori TeagueDifferential EquationsManuela Mannetta
Concepts in Biology with Bio Lab 120Edward Nam

Spanish & Portuguese and Theater workshop in Spanish

Elva Gonzalez & Mary Lynn Owen
PSYC 111: Intro to PsychologyElizabeth KimLAT315 Comedy (Terence)Niall Slater
GER 405R Heimut & AlienationCaroline SchaumannCHEM/ENVS 328 Intro to Atmospheric ChemistryEri Saikawa

A LINC example

 

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Professor Chris Eagle in the Center for the Study of Human Health plans to teach an upper level seminar entitled: War & Trauma. The course covers cultural and clinical ideas about war and trauma from WWI to the present, and reflects on how different forms of evidence (i.e, fiction, poetry, testimonials, theoretical essays, and clinical case-studies) can reveal different facets of the traumatic experience.

Professor Andy Kazama in the Psychology Department plans to teach an upper level seminar entitled: The Neurobiology of PTSD. The course covers various neurobiological aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder using peer-reviewed articles drawn from a wide variety of biomedical fields (i.e., genetics, hormones, brain structures, and current treatment approaches to the disorder).

Drawing from their respective backgrounds in Literature and Neuroscience, Professors Eagle and Kazama have LINC-ed their courses with three points of intersection distributed at the beginning, middle and end of the semester. They will assign the same readings and host combined class discussion sessions highlighting the importance of interdisciplinarity and the advantages of drawing on diverse ideas to spark innovation and gain a fuller understanding of traumatic experiences.