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Sustainability, Technology, and Policy

The goal of this course is to provide a solid introduction to the concept of sustainable growth and development. Students will learn how to professionally navigate the current debate on sustainability and to assess strategies to promote sustainable communities and a sustainable planet. The course will blend qualitative and quantitative analysis of sustainable development, with large use of data analysis to measure progress towards sustainable development.

Public Health Policy in Practice (Special Topics)

“Public health policies saved your life today and you didn’t even know it.” This is how health officials describe public health’s most successful policies, i.e., policies that prevent disease, disability, and death. In turn, public health policymakers, practitioners, and researchers say that public health suffers from a “crisis of invisibility”—ironically, the more successful the overall public health system is at keeping us well, the more we tend to overlook it.

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.

Land Conservation

The goal of the Land Conservation course is to help students develop a broad understanding of the issues pertaining to the conservation of forests, wildlife habitats, wetlands, river corridors, scenic vistas, farmland, cultural landscapes, battlefields, greenways, recreational spaces, and public parks. In the course, we will review the literature on the subject as well as hear from practitioners in the field.

Narratives of Black Girlhood

This course will study the lived experiences of Black girls through the lens of Black women writers. Using African American literary texts as entry points, students will explore the ways in which Black girlhood is constructed and examine varied portrayals of how Black girls negotiate space both publicly and socially. Moreover, students will consider how Black women writers compose uniquely authentic and affirmative narratives that seek to oppose stereotypical depictions of Black girls and (re)center Black girls’ voices.

Energy and Environment in the Humanities

This course introduces students to narratives of complex relationships between human beings and the environment, including the impact of unchecked energy consumption on the global climate as well as vulnerable indigenous communities. Besides analyzing environmental literature and media that employ a range of rhetorical strategies, students in this course will compose digital projects to convey their own arguments regarding contemporary environmental debates.

Think Global, Act Local to Advance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Interested in the SDGs? Want to learn more about them? Want to help Georgia Tech develop a model for virtual courses on the SDGs that bring together college students from around the world to learn together and advance them in their own communities? This seminar course will bring together small groups of students and faculty from approximately seven universities around the world to form a learning-and-action community focused on the U.N. SDGs. Students will:
 

Black in America

In this course, we will consider how different forms of communication--from novels to film and poetry to comics--represent and reflect upon the history of black experience in America. We will be processing, discussing, and debating some of the key issues behind the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as responding creatively to topics such as police and prison reform, reparations, black representation in media, appropriation of black culture, and medical ethics related to race.

Gaming Climate Change

Climate change, the foremost crisis of the 21st century, presents manifold challenges to human cognition, organization, and action. Only recently, though, has modern media has started to grapple with climate change in books, television shows, and movies. Games, both analog and digital, though lag behind (as a quick Internet search for ‘climate change games’ reveals). This course will explore the question of whether games are a capable rhetorical medium for understanding or affecting climate change? Can they help articulate the scale and inequitable effects of climate change?

Science, Art, and Justice

Everything is political, from science to art. In an era of climate change, protests for racial justice, and rising inequality, it is more important than ever to understand the relationship between science and art in effecting public opinion. This course will explore, briefly, the relationship between science and art in a few moments of modern human history—slavery, colonialization, industrialization, the development of fossil fuels, the development of nuclear power, and climate change.

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