2015-2016 Learning Community Themes

Business

This course first introduces students to the concept of capitalism. The student will study briefly the intellectual history of capitalism including the proponents and critics. Under capitalism decisions about production and allocation are determined mainly by private decisions and exchanges in a market, and private property exists. Then we will study the nature of business operating in a capitalistic system. How is business organized; what are the goals and objectives of a business and, how does government interact with businesses? In addition, students will be introduced to the various academic and practitioner disciplines of business.

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Climate and Sports

Have you ever wondered whether it was too hot or too cold to exercise, why baseballs travel farther in high altitude stadiums like Coors Field in Denver, or when the best time to climb Mount Everest would be? Weather and climate can have a profound influence on sports. In this course, we will explore how factors like temperature, humidity, wind speed, and air pressure can affect athletic performance and safety. Using case studies, we will study hyperthermia among football players, the impacts of weather on baseball, the role of weather and climate in climbing Mount Everest, and how climate change might affect sports activities.

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Global Engagement

The Global Engagement Learning Community meets weekly to explore cultural issues, the meaning of global citizenship, and the fundamentals of service learning. The seminar focuses on these issues by encouraging participation in local events, exhibits and lectures on campus, along with volunteer experiences. The process of discovery is framed by an understanding of urban spaces and how people use them. Concentration is placed on local and global heritage preservation and resource conservation programs and initiatives.

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Life Sciences - Biomedical Research: Towards the Understanding and Treatment of Disease

How do we come to understand the basis of genetic or infectious diseases? Who is involved in the research that defines the causes and cures for diseases? Discover the process for biomedical research and how it leads to clinical applications. We will read about and discuss the history, current status, and future directions of biomedical research at UGA within the context of global endeavors.

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Life Sciences - Nutrition & Health

This seminar will focus on nutrition and health issues during the first 1,000 days of life with particular emphasis on developing countries, particularly Africa. The discussions will focus on the impact of the environment, poverty, access to healthcare, food insecurity and poor nutrition on women and children and will challenge participants to come up with innovative ways of addressing this important public health issue. Participants will be required to attend local events and on-campus lectures and participate in volunteer opportunities. The main goal is to expose participants to early life nutrition issues early in their college career and explore potential solutions to global nutrition issues.

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Mass Communication

What is the last thing you do before you go to bed? For the majority of you, it will be looking at your mobile phone. More and more people are spending increasingly large amounts of time inside virtual worlds rather than interacting with real people in real worlds. How is this changing the way we think? Does it influence the way we behave in the real world? This seminar will explore the answers to these questions by exploring emerging digital media ranging from the Internet to immersive virtual environments and how they can influence the way that we think and behave. Students will engage in weekly discussions about research findings on the effect of emerging digital media on attitudes and behaviors.

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Pre-Law

Like to argue? Everyone always telling you that you should be a lawyer? Think you will make a lot of money as a lawyer? The Pre-Law Learning Community will separate fact from fiction and is for those students interested in legal issues, attending law school, or entering the legal profession. The course will address a variety of current legal issues and cases within the American judicial system and will give students the opportunity to find out and discuss what goes on behind the legal headlines. You should finish the seminar with a better understanding of how the law actually works, the many facets of the legal profession, and how to best prepare for admission to and success in law school should you choose to follow that path.

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