Undergraduate

Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

This course provides an overview of the planning of cities and metropolitan regions.  The legal and historical context as well as substantive areas or urban planning are addressed. Tensions among economic, environmental, and equity results of public policies and private developments are examined.  Tools for involving stakeholders in planning decisions are surveyed.

Technical Communication: The Problem of Water

Students will be learning about effectively engaging with information using strategies and practices that allow them to successfully communicate with a variety of stakeholders. Students will learn rhetorical strategies, develop competencies in analysis and citation, and engage in reflection. Students will also be extending problem-solving skills as they work on a range of assignments designed to help expose them to workplace genres. These genres enable students to think more about individual and collaborative strategies.

Development Economics

This is a graduate course on development economics. The course will cover a wide range of topics including how communities differ in terms of: economic growth, poverty, inequality, and human development. The course will help students understand what do we mean by sustainable development, what are the problems in achieving it and how can we overcome those problems.

Special Topics: Environmental Sociology

Natural science can tell us what causes climate change. Engineering gives us the technologies we need to curb climate change. Sociology can explain why, despite having the knowledge and know-how, very little is being done about it. Environmental sociology explores the nexus of human and environmental systems. People exist on Earth and require its resources for survival, but they also exist in constructed social systems that constrain and guide human behavior.

Drawing on Nature

Our research begins with  a series of direct observation drawing exercises focusing on gesture, proportion, scale, perspective, and composition, followed by studies of master draftsmen such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and da Vinci.  Their great skill as artists was a direct manifestation of their knowledge of plants, animals, scientific principles, and the human figure.  We then are joined by professors from the School of Biology and invited experts, who discuss our drawing observations and help direct our research agenda.

Water, Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Designing Sustainable Communities

A workshop focusing on collaborative design – involving architects, planners and engineers -  of sustainable stormwater solutions that contribute to community development. The project focus of the workshop will be within the Proctor Creek Watershed and the Georgia Tech Campus. The workshop includes invited lectures from Atlanta and nationally, seminars on critical topics, and student collaborative teams doing project designs and presentations. 

 

Environmental Geochemistry

Geochemical processes are central to a variety of environmental issues, including the distribution of CO2 on Earth, water quality and the transformation and storage of inorganic and organic contaminants from human activity. 

Vertically Integrated Project: Civic Data and Design

The purpose of this course is to research and develop information, communication, and media systems to address regional civic issues, using techniques from design, computing, and social sciences, in collaboration with government and community partners.  These systems will have real-world impact, and promote social sustainability, equity, and justice.

Foundational Technologies in the Manufacture of Forest Bioproducts

A bio-based economy is emphasized in the course and how renewable resources may be used for the future of the world to replace fossil-based products and materials and energy sources.

Intro to Educational Tech/Educational Tech Theoretical Foundations

In this course we will use theories on learning and design to develop educational technology that facilitates learning about smart cities and sustainable communities.  Students will learn about the value of understanding audiences, theory, and design methods in creating effective educational technology, in the context of teaching the public about how smart cities could impact their lives.

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