Japan Today is a Japanese language course held in Beppu Japan during the summer abroad program that is organized around the theme of environmental sustainability. We discuss topics including solar energy, thermal energy, biomass, garbage disposal, local produce, and the Japanese concept of "mottainai" (trying to avoid wasting things). We also take students on a farmstay, to a geothermal plant, and to an elementary school. This is a community-driven course focused on teaching students how to think about issues of sustainability in Japan.
This seminar course is designed to help you make a successful transition to college by becoming better acquainted with the academic and social environments here at Georgia Tech. Through the course, you will acquire strategies that promote academic, social, and professional success! This is a highly interactive course that requires active student participation and working collaboratively in small groups.
The focus of this section of GT 1000 is "Creating Sustainable Communities," which will be integrated into all of our assignments and activities.
In this unique project-based interdisciplinary course, students will be exposed to local problems within the greater Atlanta, GA region tied to global climate change. Students will investigate local impacts in the context of atmospheric, hydrological and land processes on the city, including a detailed look at the biological impacts to organisms in this region (including humans)!
This course introduces students to the study and pursuit of happiness, integrating research findings from numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, and economics. In addition to being a scientific topic, happiness is central to political philosophy, ethics, religion, and philosophy. Thus, happiness research has the potential to help everyone flourish by integrating and uniting human beings through social, political, and individual ideals.
Sustainability initiatives, from green development to alternative energy projects, aim to fulfill the needs of the present without sacrificing the well-being of the future. In collaboration with Serve-Learn-Sustain, this class investigates the history and meaning of the of the future through popular media, early modern literature, and sustainable development inititives in Atlanta in order to better understand what lies ahead.
The course is designed to introduce students to fundamental principles needed to address air pollution engineering. Upon completion of this course, the student should have knowledge of the air pollutants of most concern, their source and control, their atmospheric transport and fate, and policies developed to help manage the problem. The course will involve use of publicly available data from the EPA to explore air quality and emissions trends in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
“Rhetorics of Crisis” will study the literary, cultural, and scientific rhetorics surrounding what are often depicted as three independent crises: climate change, refugee and migrant issues, and terrorism/ISIS. Throughout this course, we will make connections among these major global events, which are too often thought of as separate, but are in reality closely interlinked.
Limited to Honors Program students, Environmentalism and Ecocriticism—The Cultural History of Trees. This seminar will examine tree as they function in human technological practices, in our culture, and as source of food. We will study how trees figure in current debates about the environment, including tree structure and forest composition, trees and the law, arguments about plant intelligence, and sustainable food production in an era of environmental degradation. Not content with just reading about trees, we will also do some harvesting.
In this course, we analyze how “ordinary people” challenge powerful segments of society through social movements, and thereby contribute to social change. This course addresses several basic questions: Why do social movements emerge when they do? Why do movements succeed at some times, but fail at other times? Who participates, and why? And, what are the consequences of social movements for society and individual participants?