SLO 4 - Students will be able to describe how they can use their discipline to make communities more sustainable

Technical Communication and Environmental Justice

Even as the proliferation of new media platforms has made it possible for activists and community organizations to publicize the causes and consequences of climate change to a broader audience than ever before, the overlap of environmental degradation and racism remains underrepresented.

Foundations of Human Computer Interaction

The theme of the course this year is sustainability. The course, however, is limited to first year MS-HCI students.

Chemical Engineering of Energy Systems

The course addresses the engineering of energy systems from a process engineering perspective and therefore requires energy equity literacy and design solution skills.  Energy is one of the key drivers of social and economic development.  The inequitable access of communities across the globe to energy is reflected in their relative well being.  Showing how to develop designs of systems as different scales and with different technological mixes is a key sustainability enabler.

Policy, Trends, and Ethics in Real Estate Development

The course will focus on the application of market, community, and regulatory factors into successful housing design and construction. The class will explore decisions that will occur day to day associated with the pendulum swing from profitability to safety and sustainability. 

The course is partnered with  local nonprofits to provide opportunities for experiential learning. Partnerships will show how thoughtful development can produce meaningful community results, a sustainable product, and increased profitability.

Work, Equity, and Wellness

In this course, students learn about and reflect on the historical and present-day intersections of work, racial equity, and wellness. Weekly class discussions are supported by readings, podcasts, and documentaries. Guided by the philosophy of scholars such as Audre Lorde and bell hooks – to heal self on the path to healing society- students will be invited to connect to course content by reflecting on how it resonates with personal and organizational experiences.

Field Work Abroad (Local Sustainability Practices)

NOTE: This course is taught at Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL) in Metz, France.

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.

Modern Iran: Social & Environmental Sustainability

This course is an exploration of social and environmental sustainability in Modern Iran with a focus on Iranian women changemakers. The course is fully remote with only one synchronous session each week. Taught in Persian. 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 work in their medium of choice such as short videos, info graphs, paper, websites, or podcasts to give voice to sustainability efforts.

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.

Supply Chain Economics

This course applies economic and supply chain principles to products and service supply chains to serve human needs. Up to 40% of the course is a project.

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