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Fall 2022 ALS 1034: The Aesthetics of Food Yes Pathway 6a Critique and Practice in the Arts, Pathway 6d Critique and Practice in Design This course utilizes food as a method of study for art and design. Taste, smell, color, shape, presentation, memory, and packaging of food contribute to the human cultural experience. Food presentation, marketing, and food choices in a global context influence how people experience food. calsap@vt.edu
Fall 2022 CSES 2244: Agriculture Global Food Security and Health
Yes Pathway 4 Reasoning in the Natural Sciences Agriculture and food security within the larger context of applied agronomy, gender role, cultural and political aspects of food production, food policy, production constraints, and global population growth. Emphasis on gender inequality and globalized food systems will be made. Service learning experience both local and global to promote career opportunity in international development. Ozzie Abaye
Fall 2022 ENGE 2524: Exploring Service Learning Through STEM/STEAM Educational Outreach Yes Pathway 3 Reasoning in the Social Sciences, Pathway 7 Critical Analysis of Equity and Identity in the United States Explore volunteerism, traditional service learning, critical service learning, and social change. Develop intercultural competence by examining social identities, power, and privilege with a focus on preK-12 education systems in the United States. Develop Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) and STEM educational outreach experiences that meet needs identified by community members in teams. Demonstrate career readiness through experiential learning. Pre: Sophomore standing. Dr. Chelsea Haines
Fall 2022 FST 2024 Yes
Pathway 2 Critical Thinking in the Humanities, Pathway 4 Reasoning in the Natural Sciences From Raw to Burnt: Exploring Science and Society through Foods. In both the classroom and in kitchen demos, students will analyze the impact of foods on the development of human civilization while exploring the chemistry, biology and physics behind food preparation and preservation. Students will ponder such important questions as "What was eaten first, the chicken or the egg?" Herbert Bruce
Fall 2022 PPE 2894 Yes Pathway 2 Critical Thinking in the Humanities, Pathway 3 Reasoning in the Social Sciences Integrated study of philosophy, politics, and economics. Trains students to make decisions that are not only economically sound, but also socially, ethically, and politically informed. Core concepts, topics, and ideas include: models of human nature, rational choice theory, social cooperation, distributive justice, markets, and democracy. Pre: Sophomore standing. Holly Belcher
Fall 2022 SPES 3984: Solving Big Problems with Big Data No NA This collaborative, multi-university course will focus on solving big problems with big data. The course will be driven by the needs of stakeholders from agriculture, conservation, search and rescue, water quality, transportation in inclement weather, and global health and emergency relief. Teams of students will work together to identify relevant broad social, global, economic, cultural and technical needs and constraints, and determine the ways in which their complementary technical skills contribute to addressing complex data science grand challenges. Student teams will submit their data science challenge ideas, with the potential to earn a paid summer research experience. Following their participation in this course, students will formulate a clear vision of interdisciplinary research and education in data sciences. Course content will cover key issues such as collecting, visualizing, and analyzing data, communication within and among disciplines, ethics in interdisciplinary research, effective mentoring, teamwork and project management, and translation of research to the benefit of society. A student must have a basic understanding of biology, physics, and/or engineering. Landon Bilyeu
Winter 2023 EDEP 2444: Motivating Yourself and Others
Yes Pathway 3 Reasoning in the Social Sciences, CLE Area 3 Society and Human Behavior The goal of this course help students motivate themselves and others. Being aware of the factors that motivate people can help people adjust their own behaviors to perform more effectively and can help them to interact more effectively with individuals in different cultural contexts and backgrounds. In this course, students design activities (such as meetings, classes, programs, events) that motivate others and learn about motivation research that has been conducted in education, psychology, and neuroscience. This course can be useful to students in any major, especially those interested in education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and business. Dr. Brett Jones
Winter 2023 EDHE 5984: Addressing Critical Problems in Higher Education No NA This course, addressing critical problems in higher education, is an exploration of contemporary issues for all educators. The design of this course is intentional in its application to those working in P-12 and higher education, as well as teachers, counselors, staff, and administrators. The purpose of the class is to engage in conversations about the various roles, responsibilities, and realities of educators to shape the future of higher education. Topics for the course include, but are not limited to, college choice, admissions, student activism, and marginalized populations. Dr. Chase Catalano