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GC1Y Course Descriptions

GC1Y courses are available to students who are currently in their first year of study at Georgia College.  Please note that a student’s first year, when this course must be taken, may or may not be the same as the student’s freshmen year.  For example, a student who enters GC in the Fall 2013 semester as an incoming freshman will take GC1Y in either Fall 2013 or Spring 2014, regardless of how many hours he has earned by the beginning of those terms.  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.

Transfer students who have not yet fulfilled their Area B1 requirement may also register for GC1Y courses, and should do so at their earliest possible opportunity.

The following sections have been approved to fulfill the GC1Y requirement.  Not all of these sections or topics will be offered each semester; students should consult the schedule of classes for offerings, section times, and instructors.  Students are strongly encouraged to register for their GC1Y course at their first available registration opportunity to have the greatest selection of course sections. 

Baseball in American Culture
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Baseball Amer Cult
Sponsoring Department: History & Geography
Approved Instructors: Shelden

What has the role of baseball been in American culture since its creation? In what ways does baseball reflect American values and ideas about race, gender, religion, and politics? This course will examine the role of baseball in American life from a historical perspective. It will trace the development of baseball from its earliest forms in the early nineteenth century to the present day, comparing the expansion of the sport with important developments in American civic life.

The Capital Punishment Debate
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Capital Punishment
Sponsoring Department: Government & Sociology
Approved Instructors: Doude

The study of the death penalty is a contentious issue in the United States.  The United States is one of the last first world nations to employ the practice of capital punishment.  Georgia has been at the center of this debate since the 1970s and continues to be a center of debate regarding racial and socioeconomic biases among those given the death sentence.  This course will explore the history of the death penalty, the death penalty as it is currently practiced, words of those who have experienced a death sentence from a personal perspective, and the possibility of error in the justice system, specifically regarding death sentences. 

Climate and Chemistry
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Climate & Chem
Sponsoring Department: Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy
Approved Instructors: Fietkau, Lisse, Meztker, Richards

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
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Comp & Info Tech
Sponsoring Department:  Information Systems & Computer Science
Approved Instructors: Adkins, Goette, St. Clair

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.

Concepts of Imagination/Concepts of Learning
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Imagination/Learn
Sponsoring Department: Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education
Approved Instructors: Metzker

What do Saul Griffith of, Tina Fey, and Ozomatli have in common? They are uncommonly well versed in using the principles of Imaginative Education to position themselves ahead of the curve in creating music, generating intelligent humor, and designing the future for learning. By investigating these same principles of imagination, students will develop the flexibility, intentionality, and agency of imaginatively engaged learners who will challenge the boundaries of pedantic thinking in learning how to deeply contemplate a successful future for themselves and others.

Contemporary Health Issues
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Contmp Hlth Issues
Sponsoring Department: Health and Human Performance, Nursing
Approved Instructors: Coke, Fowler, Hunt, Jarriel

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
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Creative Arts Ther
Sponsoring Department: Music Therapy
Approved Instructors: Keith, Robinson

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
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Cultur/Youth Mid E
Sponsoring Department: Early and Middle Grades Education
Approved Instructors: Carter, Mehranian

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
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Environmental Lit
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Lopez

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.

Flatland and Beyond
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Flatland and Beyond
Sponsoring Department: Foundations and Secondary Education
Approved Instructors: Peck

This course will allow students to focus critically on a variety of issues such as ignorance, inequalities and intolerance and their impact on the individual and society.  As part of this course students will participate in the following learning activities: 1) read and discuss the novel, Flatland; 2) participate in a simulation of the world described in this novel and make journal entries during the simulation from assigned character's perspective; 3) write a personal narrative describing what was learned from the simulation; 4) read and discuss the novel, Blindness; 5) write a formal essay comparing and contrasting the two novels; 6) design a collage which illustrates a theme from Blindness and show and explain the collage to the class; 7) write an essay explaining the collage and its connection to the novel; 8) for a final project, students will then synthesize their learning by researching and presenting to a group of stakeholders on an issue they feel the community needs to know more about.

Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Freakonomics
Sponsoring Department: Economics & Finance
Approved Instructors: Clark

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.

Global Challenges I (formerly Seven Revolutions I)
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Glob Challenges I
Sponsoring Department: Government & Sociology
Approved Instructors: Elliott-Gower, Fahrer

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

Growing Up with Literature
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Growing up w/Lit
Sponsoring Department: Foundations and Secondary Education
Approved Instructors: Edwards, Gregg

This course explores how stages of development from childhood through young adulthood are reflected through literature, book and stories.

Interacting with the Past through Literature
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Interact Past Lit
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Simon

Interacting with the Past Through Literature will explore contested historical events through the lens of literary and critical readings. Possible course topics include The Transatlantic Slave trade; Jamestown and Pocahontas; and The Salem Witchcraft Crisis.

Into the Wilderness
Schedule Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Into Wilderness
Sponsoring Department: Health and Human Services
Approved Instructors: Hirsch, Hobbs, Turner

This course will be a thematic exploration of protected places through which multiple perspectives on wilderness are applied to the politics of legally designated Wilderness areas and wilderness management. The course will include a thorough review of wilderness philosophy, a guided case study of a selected problem or conflict within a wilderness area in the state, and a student-selected case study of a different problem/conflict within a wilderness area. The part of the course will require field trip(s) to local wilderness areas and meetings/interviews with various stakeholders (local citizens, advocacy groups, politicians, government employers, etc.).

Local Dirty Jobs
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Local Dirty Jobs
Sponsoring Department: Foundations and Secondary Education
Approved Instructors: Mumma

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

The New Biology: Promise and Peril
Schedule Title: Crit Think: New Biology
Sponsoring Department: Biology & Environmental Sciences
Approved Instructors: Gleason

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.

Philosophy and the Search for Social Justice
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Phil & Soc Justice
Sponsoring Department: Philosophy & Liberal Studies
Approved Instructors: Edmondson, Littlefield, Winchster

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
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Psych Ethics
Sponsoring Department: Psychological Sciences
Approved Instructors: Rose

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 and Collective Memory
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Publ & Coll Memory
Sponsoring Department: Government & Sociology
Approved Instructors: McClure

Students will develop critical thinking skills through exploring issues related to public and collective memory and forgetting.  Topics may include: politics of commemoration, personal narratives and storytelling, construction and control of collective identities.

Public Deliberation
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Public Deliberation
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Clark, Kauffman

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

Representations of Ability and Disability
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Ability/Disability
Sponsoring Department: Special Education & Education Leadership
Approved Instructors: DeClouette

Ability and disability are cornerstone concepts in education.  This course provides an opportunity to examine how ability and disability are represented in popular culture, literature, film, and autobiographies by people with and without disability, and in professional texts/narratives (e.g., research literature, practitioner materials) and the meaning of these representations for educational practice and social policy.  In addition to considering different constructions and meanings of ability and disability, participants will examine markers of privilege as well as processes of marginalization.  The focus of the course is on developing skills to examine how ideas (including ideas about the body and the mind) are constructed and represented in cultural contexts and the meaning of this for work in education-related fields.

Research in the Age of Google
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Rsrch Age Google
Sponsoring Department: Library
Approved Instructors: Carpenter, Cole, Davis, Walker, Wertz

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.

SciFi and Philosophy
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Sci Fi & Philosophy
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Blazer

This course will interpret science fiction and fantasy literature, film, television, gaming culture (role playing, live-action role playing, and video games), and fan culture (fanzines and fan fiction) through the lens of philosophy.  Students will not only analyze sci-fi and fantasy works from a literary perspective but also learn about the philosophical concepts that these works explore, such as the nature of reality, the concept of the self, and the philosophy of morality.

Sex, Drugs, and Economics
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Sex, Drugs, & Econ
Sponsoring Department:  Economics & Finance
Approved Instructors: Conaway

This course explores how economic theory can be used to analyze controversial issues, as well as, the often hidden costs and unintended consequences of government policies governing sex, drugs, usury, child labor, health care, abortion, capital punishment and immigration, among others.

Social Problems
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Social Problems
Sponsoring Department: Government & Sociology
Approved Instructors: Bruce, Koch

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.

Section Title: GC1Y 1000: Crit Think: Swansonomics
Sponsoring Department: Economics & Finance
Approved Instructors: Conaway

In this course we will examine the libertarian beliefs espoused by the character Ron Swanson from the television series “Parks and Recreation”.  You may love the government or you may hate it, either way, this class will make you rethink your position.  The topics will include, but are not limited to: The expected economic consequences of a specific piece of legislation or political position/philosophy, unintended consequences, various systems of taxation (progressive income taxes, the “fair” tax, value added taxes, etc), Public vs. Private pay, Public Unions, the tragedy of the commons, government bailouts, the size of the government, Fiat money, the role of government, transfer programs, the 1%, the 47%, and incentives, in general.

The Uncanny: Monsters and Machines
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Monsters & Machines
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Flaherty

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
Schedule Title: Crit Think: We The People
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Burt, Dillard, Vail

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

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