Doing Good in Your Neighborhood

These tools correspond with the SLS Student Learning Outcomes


Big Idea Writeup

Doing Good in Your Neighborhood

An analytical view of the national landscape suggests that in the midst of urban crises, colleges and universities face three basic choices: exit, voice, and loyalty. With exit, the goal is to eliminate challenges within and near campus borders, establishing an insulated environment.

Course

Proctor Creek Wildlife Assessment Course

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is collaborating with Georgia Tech's College of Sciences and Serve-Learn-Sustain Program to create a summer course that introduces students to ecological monitoring techniques through collecting wildlife data within the Proctor Creek watershed. Located less than a mile from Georgia Tech's campus, the historic Proctor Creek neighborhood has been the focus of a community-led effort to restore streams within the watershed.

Sociology of Medicine and Health

This course will introduce the sociology of medicine and health (also known as medical sociology or sociology of health and illness), which is a broad field examining the social production of health, wellness, illness and mortality. This sub-discipline of sociology starts from the assumption that we cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge.

Making the List: Banned Books, Best Sellers, and Best Of

What makes a book a success? In this writing course, we will examine three measures of book quality: literary prizes, bestseller lists, and the banned book list. The course will include projects that enhance written, oral, visual, electronic and nonverbal (WOVEN) communication skills while honing students’ ability to think and talk critically about literature, culture, and consumer habits within a wide variety of reading communities and other audiences.

Toolkit Listing

Sustainability at Georgia Tech

This poster design tool is developed from ideas used by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield in their GT 1000 courses. While many students already have skills with design software and photography, for instance, this tool can be a valuable way to have them practice design skills using Adobe software available in the library, the Multimedia Studio, or through the Virtual Lab. Students will be able to share their understanding of what sustainability means and how Georgia Tech is already practicing sustainability on campus through this creative exercise. Contact the SLS main office for assistance in displaying quality student work on campus.

Learning More About Community Organizations

This presentation tool, based on a lesson created by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield for their GT 1000 course, introduces first year students to community organizations working on initiatives in the local Atlanta area. Interviewing members, actively participating in organizational activities, and then reporting on these experiences allows students a chance to not only further explore the ways that Georgia Tech actively partners with community organizations but also offers a chance to see some of the successes produced by these partnerships first-hand.