Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Composing Access

Who has access to the university? In this course, you will consider how institutes of higher education have built barriers to access for disabled people and how disabled people have fought to remove them. Using Georgia Tech’s WOVEN curriculum, you will produce four artifacts aimed at identifying, discussing, and addressing many of those barriers at Georgia Tech. In so doing, you will develop skills in communication, rhetoric, and communication that will give you access to the conversations and work happening across the campus.

The Outbreak Narrative

In "The Outbreak Narrative" will explore communication via our class topic: narratives of contagion. As defined by Priscilla Wald, author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, “the outbreak narrative—in its scientific, journalistic, and fictional incantations—follows a formulaic plot that begins with the identification of an emerging infection, includes discussion of the global networks through which it travels, and chronicles the epidemiological work that ends with its containment” (2).

Philosophy of Food

This course is divided into two parts:  1. In the first part of the course, we will discuss a number of topics in food studies, including food justice, consumer ethics, food and identity, industrial plant and animal agriculture and alternatives; workers;  verconsumption and obesity, and paternalism and public health. Through this part, special attention will be paid to the concept of "sustainable communities" and to how various food-related decisions affect the ability of communities to function sustainably.

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?

Strategic Economics of Global Enterprise

Econ 4311 examine the activities and strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs), the role of global trade and investment regulations on the decisions of these firms, and their impact on communities and sustainability. We will better understand the impact of MNCs on communities, regions and nations by studying local global linkages, global supply chains and the role of corporate social responsibility. The group project will examine the impact of global pharmaceutical and agribusiness corporations on community health and sustainability.

Project Studio (Local Data Design Lab)

This course seeks to engage graduate students (and advanced undergraduates) from across Georgia Tech in exploring what Atlanta looks like through civic data. Today, data on the city are increasingly available. Micro and macro changes in the makeup of local neighborhoods can be tracked through demolition/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 or actionable.

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.

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