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Spring 2013 GC1Y Courses

GC1Y courses are available to students who entered Georgia College as freshman who are currently in their first year of study at Georgia College.  Transfer students who have not yet fulfilled their Area B1 requirement may also register for GC1Y courses.  Students who fail to complete a GC1Y course during their first year at GC will only be permitted to register for GC1Y sections in future semesters after first year students have had an opportunity to register. 

Students should consult the schedule of classes for section times and instructors.  Students are strongly encouraged to register at their first available registration opportunity to have the greatest selection of course sections.

Spring 2013 GC1Y Course Descriptions 

Climate and Chemistry

This course explores how chemistry helps us understand ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, smog, acid rain and other important climate concerns.

Computer and Information Technology

This course is a thematic exploration of the role of computer and information technology in today’s global society. Students will learn about the ever expanding impact of technology across various industries, medicine, government and education. The course content will be learned through the study of current topics, experimentation with graphics design, game development tools, and robotics. Students will host a poster presentation of research and projects at the end of the course.  During the first term offering of this course, students have been extensively involved in developing working applications for Android smart-phones using App Inventor.

Contemporary Health Issues

Contemporary Health Issues is a speaking intensive course designed to increase the student’s knowledge about international issues, policies and events that affect the health of populations.  This course includes an examination of the significance of bioethical, social, cultural, epidemiological, and economic factors that impact health. Class sessions will be used to engage in dialogue and debate about student-derived health issues.  Practical application activities and a service-learning project will complement the class.  Students will gain valuable skills in public speaking, research and writing, negotiation, and powers of persuasion, leadership, organization, and interpersonal communication. 

Creative Arts Therapies

U.S. society issues, including religion, race, economics, disabilities, education are examined.  The creative arts, including visual arts, music, dance and movement, and creative writing, are also examined.  The class members develop rubrics in order to develop a critical thinking model on looking at the arts and seeing if and how they serve a purpose while addressing society needs.  The class involves five hours of community involvement, as well as classroom speaking and presenting. 

Culture and Youth in the Middle East

This course critically analyze cultures, youth, and politics of the middle east, as well as existing cultural interpretations of the middle east in the West, by using relevant examples of literature, art, film, music, and dance from and about this important region of the world. 

Environmental Literature

This course explores how to apply ecocriticism, an interdisciplinary theory that explores representations of the environment in literature and draws on fields such as biology, sociology, and history, to the study of multicultural American literature; we will also explore why ecocriticism emerged as a field of study.  


This course will discuss, debate, and analyze the topics presented in the books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.  These books present interesting and nontraditional perspectives, from multiple disciplines, focusing on behaviors that are not traditionally associated with economics.  Students will be expected to describe and critically evaluate the diverse perspectives relevant to each topic.  Upon successfully completing the course, students will be able to apply economic reasoning, explain the behavior of rational individuals when confronted with the everyday problem of making constrained choices, apply critical thinking analysis to current economic issues, evaluate how incentives influence decision making, and illustrate the unintended consequences associated with everyday decision making.

New Biology: Promise and Peril

Students will critically examine text and other media that explore contemporary problems in biology that individuals, human society, and our environment currently faces or may face in the future. Students will learn the basic science behind the biological topics we choose to learn more about and then explore the ethical, legal, and sociological issues that surround them. Group work, discussions, and student-prepared papers and presentations will be the major means by which student learning is evaluated.

Local Dirty Jobs

This course explores people in local dirty jobs to understand the function and role these jobs serve in our community infrastructure.

Philosophy and Social Justice

We will read a contemporary novel, White Tiger, a book about inequality in American education, Savage Inequalities, the ancient Chinese text The Analects of Confucius  and 3 contemporary philosophers (Amartya Sen, Michael Sandel and Peter Singer) to think about how to make the world a more just place.

Psychological Ethics

This course will use case examples and readings from related disciplines to explore many ethical issues related to the clinical practice of psychology, counseling, research, teaching and other professionally-related activities. Class discussion and brief written assignments will enhance student understanding of ethics in general and specifically how ethics influences the helping professions.

Public Deliberation

Public Deliberation explores how ordinary citizens become engaged in public discourse and self-governance around critical local, regional, and national issues.

Research in the Age of Google

In today's information rich society, it is important for students to not only access and evaluate information, but learn to manage it using all the technological tools available.  In this course, students will describe and critically evaluate the current state of information retrieval in today's ever-changing information landscape.  Tools and issues include, but are not limited to, research using Google, cloud computing, open source resources, media bias, information overload, online privacy, and scholarly databases. 

Seven Revolutions

Students in this course will be introduced to Seven Revolutions (global issues) that are changing the world in which we live, learn the fundamentals of information literacy and research, conduct team-based research on one of Seven Revolutions, and then pull this research together in an e-book or other e-format. The Seven Revolutions include population demographics, natural resource management, economic integration, conflict and the challenges of governance. 

Social Problems

Sociology is a scientific study of human behavior. Sociologists take seriously the fact that all human behavior occurs within a social context and that context influences human behavior. This course will explore a series of social problems (including racism and poverty among other topics) from the sociological perspective and will propose and evaluate contextual solutions to the problems.

The Uncanny: Monsters and Machines

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the uncanny or monstrous "other" in the popular imagination. We will look at figures such as vampires, aliens, robots, and cyborgs in literature, film, and television to consider questions of cultural identity. What is frightening about these mysterious others? What is appealing? How are the creatures presented differently for adults or young adults? How do the portrayals of these figures present human relationships (love, parenting) with the uncanny? How do these creatures serve as metaphors for the human experience? How do they address issues of gender, race, or class? What do fictional portrayals of these creatures reveal about our psychological, philosophical, or national ideals and biases? What does the popular perception of these figures reveal about the ways we perceive ourselves?

We the People

This course explores how we create ourselves and influence our worlds through the use of rhetorical communication in interpersonal, group, and public settings.

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