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Becoming a Big Ideas Leader

What are the Big Ideas being advanced to promote sustainable communities? Where do you fit in this picture (currently)? How do you envision your role in the future? What steps will you take to intentionally develop the leadership skills and abilities needed to advance the Serve-Learn-Sustain agenda? Who will you seek to partner with and to team with to ensure that you make an impact?

GT 1000

Freshmen will start their Georgia Tech experience on the right foot with this GT 1000 first-year seminar which covers topics critical to a first-year student’s success such as oral presentation skills and resume preparation. And, through activities and field trips you will also learn the fundamentals of how to shape and be part of a sustainable community. 

Crossing Borders

In the class, the students will learn about social issues in Germany such as different schools, groups, organizations and political parties as well as political views of groups from different socio-economic backgrounds.

French Cinema I: Learning and Environmental Issues in Francophone Documentaries and Fictions

This class will focus on twelve films (mostly documentaries and mostly in French) dealing with learning, sustainability and their interconnection at the local level of communities and at the global level. It will engage students in thinking, writing, and speaking (all in French) about current social and ecological issues through personal critical essays on the films studied, short readings, discussions, presentations and a final essay to be written in class.

Un-Natural Disasters

This course will examine how films, novels, and short stories represent the relationship between technology and disaster. We'll trace complicated perceptions of technology back to the Industrial Revolution, seeing how technological innovations have been portrayed as both the cause of and the solution to acute social and environmental problems. We'll then look at depictions of technology in more recent disaster narratives.

Afterlives of Slavery

Students will analyze contemporary representations of the antebellum past in literature and art, and will develop critical thinking skills by researching the historical context that writers and artists respond to in the current moment. The course is structured around a few key questions: how are contemporary communities shaped by the legacy of US slavery? How do writers and artists reimagine the traumatic past in order to comment on contemporary issues of social and environmental injustice?

One World is Not Enough

The course will explore work of contemporary novelists who draw from both eastern and western influences, stories that dwell beyond natural laws of time and space.  The class will consider how these authors expose and influence the changing face of our global community in the twenty-first century.  These novels wrestle with issues of personal and collective memory, accountability, interconnection, and the influence of one's choices and actions on future generations.

Documenting Atlanta

This course will introduce you to the city at your doorstep: you will begin to watch Atlanta and listen to it in ways that enrich your time here and better equip you to make sense of, and perhaps even make long-lasting change in, your adoptive city. We focus on particular places and spaces in the city—from celebrated “Sweet Auburn” Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood neighborhood to the lesser-known mill community of Cabbagetown—and together read the texts of these communities.

Environmental Field Methods

This course focuses on a single environmental project in the local area. In particular, students will implement chemical and physical measurement techniques for assessing environmental problems of their choice, and they will also learn to interpret results in a societal context.

Urban Forest

Students work with the non-profit organization, Trees Atlanta, as well as multiple neighborhoods in Atlanta to investigate the various effects of tree canopy on the well-being of residents. (There are two sections to this course, HP for Honors Program students only, and SLS, which is open to all non-Honors Program students) 

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