Doing Good in Your Neighborhood

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

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.

The History and Rhetoric of Science Writing for Children

Books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, can address scientific principles in creative ways in an attempt to educate, inform and excite young children. Hidden inside many classic children’s texts are broad scientific concepts like climate change (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), engineering (The Three Little Pigs), life cycles (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), and environmentalism (The Lorax).

Impact Forum

Each individual has a unique capacity to contribute his or her expertise, talents, and experiences to create a significant impact in his or her life and in the lives of others in their communities.  Through readings, discussions,group projects, and a line-up of guest speakers who have had an impact on their communities, the course will provide you with an introspective and experiential platform to realize what your impact can be in the world.

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.

GT 2000

Transfer students will start their Georgia Tech experience on the right foot with this GT 2000 seminar which covers topics critical to a transfer student’s success. And, through activities and field trips you will also learn the fundamentals of how to shape and be part of a sustainable community. 

English Service Learning for Sustainable Futures

This English language course will explore and create solutions toward a Sustainable Future for cities here and around the world. Our local focus will be Atlanta, where we hear speakers, read about, and visit examples of sustainable solutions in food and energy. Then, we will work in teams to teach and demonstrate an example of sustainability to the ones most likely to carry it out: kids. We will incorporate their perspectives in our activities. Throughout, students will reflect in writing and speaking and receive support to improve academic and professional English fluency. 

Ecology Lab

Ecology Lab covers basic ecological phenomenon using urban ecological settings as the backdrop. As a class, we visit areas in the metro-Atlanta community to understand human-environment interactions within our ecosystem. We immerse ourselves in these communities to understand the short- and long-term consequences of environmental change and what ecologically can be done to keep ecosystems-- and related neighborhoods-- thriving.

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