SLO 3 - Students will be able to evaluate how decisions impact the sustainability of communities

Environmentalism and Ecocriticism

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.

Social Impact: In-depth Exploration and Design

This course is for those curious (maybe even passionate) about social and/or environmental issues, who want to understand the root cause of those issues, and the challenges of providing evidence-based solutions. You will explore topics and master tools like: Impact Gap Canvas, Asset-Based Community Development, Human-Centered Design, systems thinking, social impact assessment, customer discovery, Theory of Change, and more.

Composing Empire and Revolution

In the exuberant Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton musical, the American Revolution is re-imagined as a modern hip-hop rebellion against the stodgy, Beatles-esque musical stylings of the British Empire. Led by “young, scrappy, and hungry” Alexander Hamilton, the upstart crew of young friends – Hamilton, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, and the Marquis de Lafayette – lead a revolution against the confused and vain King George. The victory is presented as a joyful one – “We won! We won! We won!

Extensive and Intensive Reading in Japanese

This course utilizes authentic reading materials like Japanese newspaper articles related sustainability issues* and novels, essays, manga and folk tales. The students will acquire extensive and intensive reading skills through collaborative pair-work activities, class discussion, and writing assignment. These skills and knowledge of sustainability issues in Japanese society are highly useful and respected in professional environments.

The Outbreak Narrative

In "The Outbreak Narrative" will explore communication via our class topic: narratives of contagion. As defined by Priscilla Wald, author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, “the outbreak narrative—in its scientific, journalistic, and fictional incantations—follows a formulaic plot that begins with the identification of an emerging infection, includes discussion of the global networks through which it travels, and chronicles the epidemiological work that ends with its containment” (2).

Philosophy of Food

This course is divided into two parts:  1. In the first part of the course, we will discuss a number of topics in food studies, including food justice, consumer ethics, food and identity, industrial plant and animal agriculture and alternatives; workers;  verconsumption and obesity, and paternalism and public health. Through this part, special attention will be paid to the concept of "sustainable communities" and to how various food-related decisions affect the ability of communities to function sustainably.

Architecture, Sound, Sustainability

This course in multimedia rhetoric is part of the summer iGniTe SLS program in sustainability. Working from the premise that social equity and communal equity are integral to sustainable futures, the course asserts the importance of sound to our experience of the spaces we live in. It further posits that sound powerfully communicates who belongs in a place or space and who does not, even when that space is designated as public or shared. We will give special attention to spaces in and around Georgia Tech.

Management in the Healthcare Sector

This course will explore the healthcare sector in its most comprehensive sense. It will analyze the healthcare “system” across the continuum of patient care – from prevention, to early detection, to diagnosis and treatment, to palliative care. Students will gain exposure to and knowledge of the many components of the industry, including issues in finance, accounting, supply chain, organizational behavior, strategy, healthcare IT, ethics, regulatory policy, and workforce planning and development.

Strategic Economics of Global Enterprise

Econ 4311 examine the activities and strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs), the role of global trade and investment regulations on the decisions of these firms, and their impact on communities and sustainability. We will better understand the impact of MNCs on communities, regions and nations by studying local global linkages, global supply chains and the role of corporate social responsibility. The group project will examine the impact of global pharmaceutical and agribusiness corporations on community health and sustainability.

Introduction to Media Studies

How have contemporary media, such as comics, film, literature, video games, data visualization, and architecture, been used to shape popular conceptions of the environment, to challenge those conceptions and to propose radical alternatives? In this class, students will learn to analyze media representations of the earth, nature, sustainability, wildlife and wilderness in creative work across domains: a film by Hayao Miyazaki, a short story by Ursula K.

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