School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Architecture, Sound, Sustainability

This course in multimedia rhetoric is part of the summer iGniTe SLS program in sustainability. Working from the premise that social equity and communal equity are integral to sustainable futures, the course asserts the importance of sound to our experience of the spaces we live in. It further posits that sound powerfully communicates who belongs in a place or space and who does not, even when that space is designated as public or shared. We will give special attention to spaces in and around Georgia Tech.

Bad Collections

Stockpiles of nuclear weapons, a surfeit of trash in landfills, record high accrual of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, eighty-five percent of global wealth concentrated in just ten percent of its occupants: these are just some bad collections that threaten the continued existence of human life on earth. The dangers that these collections pose are obvious, so why is it so hard to disarm, reduce, and redistribute? Why can’t we clean up the messes we make? What if we cannot clean-up because we are already incorporated into the bad collections that overwhelm us?

Project Studio (Local Data Design Lab)

This course seeks to engage graduate students from across Georgia Tech in exploring what Atlanta looks like through civic data. Today, data on the city of Atlanta are increasingly available. Micro and macro changes in the makeup of local neighborhoods can be tracked through demolition and construction permits, tax records, and community surveys, among other sources; all of which might be easily downloaded by anyone with an internet connection. But data can be available, without necessarily being accessible.

Project Studio: Resilience, Equity, and Design

This course will be taught as a project studio in collaboration with from the City of Atlanta and local community organizations. In this project studio we will use participatory methods to explore how local government and communities use data and media for advocacy and we will design and build novel data sets, visualizations, maps and other forms of media to address local issues. The course will provide students with practical experience working with civic partners and the opportunity to contribute to projects with social and political impact.

Equitable Business Communication: Audience and Design

"Equitable Communication" provides students with the opportunity to apply the design, communication, marketing, and rhetorical skills that they learn in class in order to make a difference in our Atlanta, Georgia, and global community. Students work for community organizations such as non-profits, businesses, and government agencies whose are work and mission is rooted in building sustainable communities. In the past, students built career fair booths (banner stands, table cloths, and swag) for non-profits in our community to use during internship fairs.

Introduction to Media Studies

How have contemporary media, such as comics, film, literature, video games, data visualization, and architecture, been used to shape popular conceptions of the environment, to challenge those conceptions and to propose radical alternatives? In this class, students will learn to analyze media representations of the earth, nature, sustainability, wildlife and wilderness in creative work across domains: a film by Hayao Miyazaki, a short story by Ursula K.

Technical Communication: The Problem of Water

The technical communication classroom is not just a laboratory space for professional training; it is also a laboratory space for developing the necessary skills to become a responsible citizen (Blake Scott 294). This summer’s experiences should transform you into a more effective communicator who is more aware of the ways that technical communication can be used in both the workplace and the community as a whole. Technical Communication involves working with a variety of stakeholders to utilize and relay information in multiple forms.

Science, Race, and Technology

LMC 3306 Science, Race, and Technology is known across the GT campus as the "Outkast Class". The products used in the course to interrogate issues of race, class, and community - particularly as it relates to the city of Atlanta - is critically examined through storied "pedagogical performances" of rap duo Outkast. We use these musical artifacts as access points for investigating racial politics, social justice, and cultural innovation in post-Civil Rights Atlanta. This is an undergraduate humanities course.

Poetics of Sustainability: Ecology & Immigration

This course will explore the intersections of ecology and immigration as urgent social, political, and environmental issues through the lens of poetry.

Sustaining Ecologies

The Path Foundation, Trees Atlanta, Friends of the Beltline, ATL Urban Farms, Aware Wildlife Center: these are just some local organizations working to sustain ecologies in Atlanta. Over the course of this class, we will visit and host guests from urban farms and farmer’s markets, as well as wildlife centers, green spaces, and the Beltline, so that students can identify and describe the relationship between the ecological and the social in their communities.

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