My course will focus on Atlanta histories, texts, and communities. We will read fiction of and about Atlanta, and I hope to coordinate with SLS on an oral history project that either makes use of oral history archives already accessible at Georgia Tech or produces a new archive in collaboration with nearby communities. In either case, we will work with both SLS and the Living Building to preserve and present our work.
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.
As an SLS-affiliated course, African American Rhetorics of Resistance will focus specifically on the role of community in African American arts and letters. Black music, art, and literature is known for exploring racism, but it is equally invested in the power of joy and coalition. This labor has often centralized the role of community institutions, including the church, the school, the town hall meeting, and the protest rally.
This course introduces students to the history, theory and practice of international development. Students will examine the different meanings and objectives of global development, paying particular attention to economic growth, poverty alleviation, inequality reduction, capability enhancement, the defense of human rights and sustainability.
To what extent do ideas and initiatives surrounding sustainability extend to nonhuman animals? How does sustainability apply to certain ideals about "nature" and "community" at the inclusion or exclusion of animal life? Who and what gets sustained, and according to what values? To answer these and related questions, this course will examine how video games, literature, and new media texts figure animals and their relationship to nature and technology.
Language for Business and Technology (LBAT): France
This study abroad LBAT (Language for Business and Technology: France) program includes several courses. One of these, French Culture and Society, is affiliated with SLS. Participating students will discover another culture's approach to sustainability: in particular, French cultural attitudes toward ecology, pesticides, GMOs, food additives, nuclear energy, and pollution. They will also learn about how these concerns spawn new trends and encourage the development of green alternatives.
This is a practical course in environmental decision making in response to complex, open-ended problem situations. Students work together in groups to acquire and practice basic tools of systems thinking and ethical inquiry, then bring those tools to bear on problem situations of their own choosing.