Core Area C: Humanities, Fine Arts, Ethics

Crossing Borders

In this class, students will learn about causes and effects of migration movements and how they relate to aspects of sustainability by examining cultural artifacts such as literature, film, music etc. produced about and by minorities in German-speaking societies. Students will gain insights in the history of emigration from and immigration to Germany, the culturally and linguistically diverse make-up of German-speaking societies and social and political issues that have affected and changed them and continue to do so.

Intro to Africa

"Intro to Africa" is a commitment to inclusive teaching using a diversity of materials and approaches to introduce students to various aspects of various nations in Africa. As its name suggest, "Intro to Africa" is broad in its goal. It is also interdisciplinary in its methodologies and lenses and welcomes a plurality of knowledge systems.

French Culture II

The course will primarily include interactions with cultural partners: French Cultural services of the General Consulates of France and Switzerland in Atlanta via on-campus events within the framework of the Villa Albertine Project. Reinventing artists’ residencies, Villa Albertine is creating a network for arts and ideas spanning France and the United States. It offers tailor-made residencies for global creators, thinkers and cultural professionals.

French Culture 1

The course will primarily include interactions with cultural partners: French Cultural services of the General Consulates of France and Switzerland in Atlanta via on-campus events within the framework of the Villa Albertine Project. Reinventing artists’ residencies, Villa Albertine is creating a network for arts and ideas spanning France and the United States.

Chamber Choir

The course will offer interactive participation with choirs from other countries and cultures.

 

The Cultural History of Trees and the Tech Tower White Oak

In a recent episode of the television series Ted Lasso, Beard (Ted’s assistant coach) name-drops Suzanne Simard in a random comment. Prior to that conversation, he is seen reading Merlin Sheldrake’s recent book Entangled Life. Sheldrake and Simard study the complex interactions between trees, plants, fungi, and bacteria— work that points toward different research models and questions how we conceptualize life. Other scholars across many fields have in the last decade begun to rethink the complex entanglements of human and non-human lives, with trees figuring prominently.

Japanese Discourse and Grammar

In JPN 4750/8803 "Japanese & Discourse" is the advanced Japanese course, the students learn Japanese discourse and grammar especially difference between the spoken and written language and male and female speech by watching TV drama, NHK documentaries, newspaper articles. The students will interact with Japanese University students via COIL (collaborative online interactive learning). This course explores issues related to SDGs, especially # 5 Gender equality &10 Reduce Inequalities in Japan.

Field Work Abroad (Local Sustainability Practices)

NOTE: This course is taught at Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL) in Metz, France.

Environmentalism and Ecocriticism

Environmentalism and Ecocriticism—The Cultural History of Trees.  This seminar will examine tree as they function in human technological practices, in our culture, and as source of food. We will study how trees figure in current debates about the environment, including tree structure and forest composition, trees and the law, arguments about plant intelligence, and sustainable food production in an era of environmental degradation. Not content with just reading about trees, we will also do some harvesting.

Sounds Like Poetry: Song, Slam, and Spoken Word

Maybe you know a poem when you see one, but how do you know when you've heard one? Poetry is arguably the literary genre that's most interested in sound, but we spend more time looking at it than listening to it. In this class, we will explore the dynamics of spoken sound, especially in those subgenres where sound really matters, like rap, slam poetry, spoken word, and performed poetry of all kinds. Not coincidentally, some of the greatest artists working in these genres are LGBTQIA people of color.

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