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

Comics and Civic Engagement

In this course, students will create research-based comics about a topic related to urban development, particularly in relationship to Atlanta’s underserved West Side neighborhood.  They will then present these comics at an on campus exhibition with the goal of raising awareness about the issues and assets of the West Side. While comics may seem an odd fit for serious issues, many organizations--from the UN to the Alzheimer's Association--and authors have begun using them to explore and educate on such topics as climate change, medical issues, and violence against women.

Social Issues and Public Policy

This course focuses on social issues associated with contemporary American society. While the United States has many benefits and is a nation that many admire, there are several social problems that are misaligned with American values. More specifically, it takes a critical sociological perspective in analyzing U.S. capitalism and its impact on our social institutions, social inequalities, and the quality of our democracy. We particularly focus on comparisons of the U.S. with other affluent, market-based democratic countries in order to understand the uniqueness of American capitalism.

The City in U.S. History

Through a combination of lectures, readings, and discussion, "The City in U.S. History" (HTS 3011) examines the nature of urban life throughout U.S.

Scientific Foundations of Health

This section of Scientific Foundations of Health will focus on community interactions to promote a more healthy, sustainable future.  Projects will focus on bringing awareness and developing both short, and long-term solutions to health issues impacting the Georgia Tech and Greater Atlanta community.

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.

Biodiversity Dynamics

Biodiversity Dynamics will be a project-based course will explore where plants and animals live on the landscape, and how and why they move or evolve in response to environmental changes and human impacts. We will use real species, landscape, climate, and human impact data to explore biogeographic rules, such as the latitudinal & elevation diversity gradients. We will also learn about how landscape ecologists use species distribution models and corridor models for conservation purposes.

Econometric Analysis

An important objective of the course is to introduce regression analysis so that students are able to understand its applications in different fields in economics. Specifically, this semester, students will be choosing a research topic related to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They will formulate a research question, compile data and estimate cross-section models using STATA. 

Health and Design Studio

Farmer’s markets, especially in urban neighborhoods, provide opportunities not only for healthy lifestyles through improved nutrition and exercise, but also for sustaining communities.  For seniors, who struggle with loss of community and increasingly isolation as their mobility declines, neighborhood farmers’ markets provide a unique opportunity to overcome barriers to nutrition, activity, inclusion and social connectedness.  Universal design is a key component for ensuring equal access to farmer’s markets.  From the location of the market, to the neighborh

Science, Technology, and Human Values

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.

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