The J. Whitney Bunting College of Business offers a variety of unique topical courses that contribute to Area B of the Core Curriculum. These courses offer opportunities for students to explore institutional, social, political, economic, and organizational phenomena from a variety of perspectives. GC1Y and GC2Y courses can also be taken outside of the College of Business.
The GC1Y courses are designed for first-year students and focus on the development of critical thinking skills within various disciplinary, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary contexts. Course materials will emphasis multiple intellectual approaches to issues, topics, and/or themes; the evaluation of evidence to form appropriate conclusions; the development of effective oral and/or written communication skills. The course will provide appropriate opportunities to engage in learning beyond the classroom.
The GC2Y courses are designed for second-year students and focus on the development of global perspectives within various disciplinary, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary contexts. Course materials will emphasize multiple intellectual approaches to issues, topics and/or themes; provide appropriate opportunities to engage in learning beyond the classroom; and fulfill the Georgia College writing-intensive course curriculum overlay requirements. Each GC2Y courses includes a “fourth hour”, which may consist of an additional course meeting time each week, several longer course meetings scattered throughout the semester, or even a weekend activity. Each day the class will meet is listed on the semester course schedule. Students should review each of these days carefully when planning their course schedules, as these additional meeting times are considered regular class sessions.
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Big Data Revol
Long Title: Big Data Revolution
This course explores the field of business analytics from the standpoint of a movement which has been sweeping through businesses globally for the last few years as firms address and attempt to gain competitive advantage as a result of the "Big Data" phenomenon. The course will examine the historical roots of Big Data, comparing it to other movements in the past, its current state and projections into the future. It will also look at firms in various industries in terms of their ability to use Big Data and business analytics to win market share against competition. Among other more recent success stories, it will examine how business analytics led to the success of the Oakland As baseball team.
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Comp & Info Tech
Long Title: 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.
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Freakonomics
Long Title: Freakonomics
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.
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Pride Movement
Long Title: The Pride Movement: LGBTQIA2S Perspectives
We will study the Pride Movement in terms of history, political activism, popular culture, legislative issues, and business and buying power with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and two spirit perspectives. Consideration will be given not only to understanding each perspective, but also to examining similarities and differences and the long term implications of those.
Schedule Title: Crit Think: Sex, Drugs, & Econ
Long Title: Sex, Drugs, and Economics
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.
Schedule Title: Glob Persp: Big Data and Tech
Long Title: Big Data and Technology Transforming Life and Work
The fruits of the information society are easy to see, with a cellphone in every pocket, a computer in every backpack, and Big Data technology systems in back offices everywhere. 50 years after computers entered mainstream society, the data has begun to accumulate to the point where something new and special is taking place. The sciences like astronomy and genomics, which first experienced the explosion in the 2000s, coined the term ‘Big Data.’ The concept is now migrating to all areas of human endeavor. In this course we will study how big data can become the raw material for individuals, businesses and governments. It is a vital economic input that can be used to create a new form of economic value. In fact with the right mindset, big data and its technologies can be cleverly reused to become a fountain of innovation and services. The data can reveal secrets to those with the humility, the willingness, and the tools to listen.
Schedule Title: Glob Persp: Global Pride
Long Title: Global Pride Across Six Continents
We will study Pride (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, 2 Spirit, plus) across countries in six continents with a focus on history and political activism, cultural differences, acceptance and opposition, travel issues, legislative updates, and future challenges. Consideration will be given not only to understanding Pride in various countries, but also to examining similarities and differences and the long term implications of those from a global cultural perspective.
Schedule Title: Glob Persp: Shrimp:Culture, Econ & Environ
Long Title: Shrimp: Economic, Environmental, and Cultural Implications of Food Choice
This section will have students deeply examine the importance of food choices they make through the lens of shrimp. The section will provide an understanding of what shrimp are, how multiple cultures use shrimp as an important source of food, how to model sustainable use of wild shrimp stocks, and how to compare the This section will have students deeply examine the importance of food choices they make through the lens of shrimp. The section will provide an understanding of what shrimp are, how multiple cultures use shrimp as an important source of food, how to model sustainable use of wild shrimp stocks, and how to compare the tasting shrimp recipes from around the world to highlight cultural aspects of resource use. Please be advised that this section will include the consumption of shrimp. If you are allergic to shrimp or cannot consume shrimp for any other reason, this may not be the section for you.
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