The concept of shared value recognizes that societal needs, not just conventional economic needs, define markets. It stipulates that the traditional approach to commercial value creation which ignores externalities is becoming outdated, and that businesses must reconnect company success with social progress.
This course asks students to examine what we talk about when we talk about “dirt,” and how do the things we communicate about dirt change its presence in our lives. The major assignments facilitate learning goals through four units: dirt vs. soil, earthworks, dirt stories, and trendy dirt. The primary texts in this course will largely deal with a North American perspective on dirt. We will engage with American film (ex: Grapes of Wrath, Waterworld, Noma, Interstellar, The Martian, the Mad Max megaverse), and contemporary American literature.
Business Decisions for Sustainability and Shared Value
At the heart of the concept of “business sustainability and shared value” are interconnections among the economic, environmental, and societal dimensions of business performance. This course uses the 2017 World Economic Forum Global Risks Report and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as frameworks to establish the role of fundamental human needs (food, water, shelter, energy, wages, and community) in shaping long-term business value and overall economic progress.
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.
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.
Leadership for Social Good (Central and Eastern Europe)
The Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad in Eastern Europe takes students to Prague, Krakow, and Budapest where we take a look at the role of the nonprofit/social sector, civil society, and corporate sector in creating sustainable solutions to society's most pressing problems.