French and Francophone Film and Media

We are surrounded by media, a broad term that encompasses visual, textual, and sonorous modes of communication. In this course, we will focus on media from the Francophone world (including Algeria, Belgium, Burundi, France, and Rwanda) by listening to music, reading texts, thinking critically, and discussing how we share stories and histories. We will have mindful and meaningful exchanges concerning identity, inequity, gender, (im)migration, isolation, and building community that seek to respond to today's social concerns.

Sustainable Development

The class examines issues of economic, social, and environmental sustainability and the relationships between economy, society, and the environment in Germany. Students will explore sustainable living practices that focus on creating a circular economy, corporate social responsibility social integration of refugees and other immigrants, diversity, public transportation, renewable energies, recycling, preservation efforts such as re-naturalization as well as effects of local and global food supplies. Taught in German.

Special Topics: The Sociological Imagination

“The Sociological Imagination” takes seriously the call by C. Wright Mills to combine history and biography as a means to better understand how social forces and structures impact individual lives by reading a biography and analyzing an individual life sociologically. For this class, students will be reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley.

Urban Transportation

This elective course provides an introduction to the field of transportation planning. We will learn about the history of the transportation planning field, travel modes and patterns that comprise our transportation system, and how a transportation plan is created.

Crossing Borders

In this class, students will learn about causes and effects of migration movements and how they relate to aspects of sustainability by examining cultural artifacts such as literature, film, music etc. produced about and by minorities in German-speaking societies. Students will gain insights in the history of emigration from and immigration to Germany, the culturally and linguistically diverse make-up of German-speaking societies and social and political issues that have affected and changed them and continue to do so.

Energy Policy

This course cuts through myths that are pervasive in the media, in public opinion, and in statements by politicians. It will provide students with a theoretical basis from which to assess energy policy options, an understanding of how global energy markets work, and an overview of domestic and international energy policy. The course seeks to build group project skills, and students will produce a policy analysis of policy options related to an energy policy problem.

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.

Postcolonial Ecofeminism

This course will enable you to become a more effective communicator in various modes, media, and genres by introducing you to diverse representations of postcolonial ecologies. In this course you will watch films and documentaries, read essays, graphic narratives, and short stories, and look at digital story maps to explore the plurality across media of rhetorical constructions of environmental justice. We will begin with analyzing what environmental justice looks like in the postcolonial condition.

Intro to Africa

"Intro to Africa" is a commitment to inclusive teaching using a diversity of materials and approaches to introduce students to various aspects of various nations in Africa. As its name suggest, "Intro to Africa" is broad in its goal. It is also interdisciplinary in its methodologies and lenses and welcomes a plurality of knowledge systems.

French Culture II

The course will primarily include interactions with cultural partners: French Cultural services of the General Consulates of France and Switzerland in Atlanta via on-campus events within the framework of the Villa Albertine Project. Reinventing artists’ residencies, Villa Albertine is creating a network for arts and ideas spanning France and the United States. It offers tailor-made residencies for global creators, thinkers and cultural professionals.


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