Core Area E: Social Sciences

Global Economics

In my section of ECON 2101 we start with one of the biggest issues that the global community faces today – inequality. More generally, we first start with the empirical focus on the current state of global economy and move on to how the latest economic theory helps us understand it as is, and, hopefully, make it better.

Sustainability, Technology, and Policy

The goal of this course is to provide a solid introduction to the concept of sustainable growth and development. Students will learn how to professionally navigate the current debate on sustainability and to assess strategies to promote sustainable communities and a sustainable planet. The course will blend qualitative and quantitative analysis of sustainable development, with large use of data analysis to measure progress towards sustainable development.

Culture & Society: Cultural Wars & War Culture

This course is an exploration of questions and themes in cultural sociology with a focus on the Middle East. The course is fully remote with one synchronous session each week. It fulfills non-U.S. requirement for HTS majors. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with different initiatives and work on projects focused on social and cultural sustainability on campus. Assignments will allow students to create cultural products in their medium of choice such as short videos, info graphs, paper, websites, or podcasts to give voice to peacemaking efforts.

Social Issues and Public Policy

This course focuses on social issues associated with American society, as well as public policy used to address these issues, by taking a critical sociological perspective in analyzing U.S. culture and capitalism and its impact on our social institutions, social inequalities, and the quality of our democracy. We focus on comparisons of the U.S. with other affluent, market-based countries in order to understand the uniqueness of American society.

Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

This course provides an overview of the planning of cities and metropolitan regions.  The legal and historical context as well as substantive areas or urban planning are addressed. Tensions among economic, environmental, and equity results of public policies and private developments are examined.  Tools for involving stakeholders in planning decisions are surveyed.

City Literacy: What Makes a Great City

If you have wondered why American cities today are simultaneously sites of hyper-investment (New York) and radical disinvestment (Detroit); why European cities privilege public spaces and life lived in public spaces (Barcelona); why Asian cities (Hong Kong) appear to have addressed the Coronavirus public health emergency better than others . . . Three basic questions provide the framework for this course: What makes a great city – its physical form or the life it affords its inhabitants? How do cities come to be – how do they start? How do they develop?

Energy, Environment, and Policy

This course explores the interplay between energy security, environmental stewardship, and society acceptance. For this reason, it is important to understand the environmental consequences of energy policy choices (and vice versa) as well as the necessity of Community and societal buy-in if sustainability is to be realized. We explore this interplay in the range of policy approaches pursued in various countries, including the United Sates, Japan, China, and the European Union.

Comparative Politics

This course surveys the main theories of comparative politics and introduces the comparative method, a tool for explaining why and how broadly similar polities employ different approaches in seeking to solve common problems. Although we will examine a variety of issues in this course, we will focus intensively on the complex interplay of factors that produces cross-national variation in policy responses to the challenges of sustainable development, which is the theme of Georgia Tech’s current Quality Enhancement Plan.

Introduction to Global Development

This course introduces students to the history, theory and practice of international development. Students will examine the different meanings and objectives of global development, paying particular attention to economic growth, poverty alleviation, inequality reduction, capability enhancement, the defense of human rights and sustainability.

Principles of Macroeconomics

Today is the perfect time to learn about macroeconomics! Current media discussions are exceptionally pointed and centered on many macro-economic policy issues. They range from various paths of economic recovery from the negative impacts of COVID, taxation and inequities, costs vs. benefits of environmental protection, trade wars, technology-driven job destruction vs. creation, welfare debates and the list goes on.

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