ENGL F3 T/R 9:30-10:45, Clough 127
ENGL HP2 T/R 12:00-1:15, Skiles 156
ENGL D3 T/R 1:30-2:45, Hall 106
Professor Dr. McKenna Rose
Office Hours Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 and by appointment in Hall, Office 9
Fridays 9:00-10:00AM via Skype or Google Hangouts
Contact mckenna.rose@lmc.gatech.edu
Professor Site mckennarose.org
Course Site english1101fall18.mckennarose.org

Course Description

Sustainability initiatives, from green development to alternative energy projects, aim to fulfill the needs of the present without sacrificing the well-being of the future. In collaboration with Serve-Learn-Sustain, this class investigates the history and meaning of the future through contemporary visual media, early modern literature, and sustainable development initiatives in Atlanta. We begin with an examination of contemporary texts such as Black Mirror, Blade Runner, and Fallout 4, and an exploration of ways our expectations of the future structure the choices we make in the present. To uncover ways in which our present is partially determined by the future imagined hundreds of years ago, students will then investigate the history of the future as an idea popularized in Thomas More’s Utopia, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World. Finally, students will work with community partners, the Atlanta Beltline, the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and Quest Community Development Organization, to learn about ways real-world projects come to be through a blend of visionary planning and practical action.

Using a WOVEN approach to communication, which considers the interrelationship between Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, and Nonverbal modes, this course invites students to articulate their own ideas about the future through a video essay analysis of contemporary visual media, a creative world building project in which students redress a contemporary problem by inventing a new future, and a collaborative podcast that describes and shares development projects in Atlanta to local audiences. Over the course of the class, we will visit sites such as Quest Community Center and the Procter Creek Greenway, welcome lectures and workshops from community partners, and exhibit work in student gallery spaces and at a final, SLS sponsored showcase.

Course Goals/Concepts

Goals/Concepts Description
Rhetoric Students learn rhetorical strategies to create purposeful, audience directed artifacts that present well-organized, well-supported, well-designed arguments using appropriate conventions of written, oral, visual, and/or nonverbal communication
Process Students develop confidence in using recursive strategies, including planning, drafting, critiquing, revising, publishing/presenting, and reflecting
Multimodality Students develop competence in major communication modalities (Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, and Nonverbal) and understand that modalities work synergistically
Collaboration Students learn to be productive in communities of practice—for example, as readers and critics, as team members and leaders—balancing their individual and collaborative responsibilities
Sustainability Students learn to identify relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems