Courses

Students are enrolled in either one or two classes; whenever possible, we try to enroll students in their first and second choices.  All courses are designed for undergraduates and for students with varying levels of English proficiency.

In 2016, Georgia State will offer the following courses (note: not all students take all classes!). Instructors reserve the right to make modifications to their syllabus. 

This course introduces students to the field of Arts Administration and Cultural Institutions. Field trips to different cultural institutions will enable students to learn about professional and vocational opportunities within the context of museums. Students will be introduced to a variety of learning, teaching, and administration theories for a museum career path. Students will have first hand experience visiting several types of cultural institutions, such as World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, Paper Museum, Center for Puppetry Arts, the Fox Theater, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Stone Mountain, or Atlanta Historical Center. This course focuses on the combination of theory and practice.

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Instructor Bio:

Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh joined the Art Education team at the Georgia State University in 2008. Before he joined the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at the GSU, Dr. Hsieh worked as a research assistant under the Department of Eastern Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006. He taught art at the Si-Wei Elementary School for six years in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. His research and teaching interests include: interdisciplinary art education, Chinese art history (Northern Song Dynasty landscape painting), museum education, art administration, and instructional technology in art education. His works are shown both nationally and internationally. Dr. Hsieh received his Ph.D. in art education from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008, MFA in art history and BA in visual art education from the National Ping-Tung University of Education in Taiwan.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a hands-on appreciation of some of the latest, cutting edge technology that is used in Molecular Biological Research laboratories today. Students will prepare and analyze DNA, RNA and Proteins from different cells and then see how each of these critical components of living cells can be analyzed and used to create a series of picture that show how cells work at the molecular level.

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Dr. John Houghton

Dr. John Houghton

Dr. John Houghton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University. He is also Director of the Applied Biotechnology Core Facilities at GSU and for the last 10 years or more has overseen the operation and maintenance of much of the sophisticated technology that is used in the various departments that make up the Life Sciences in the University. His research revolves around understanding the mechanisms that trigger cells to commit a form of programmed cellular suicide (apoptosis) in response to a number of environmental insults.

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness of diverse cultures in the framework of intercultural communication skills. Students will enhance their knowledge of culture and assess its impact on intercultural communication. Topics related to culture and communication will be explored from a global perspective with a focus on cultural competency and service delivery to diverse groups. Students will also observe the communication styles in health professionals in the US.

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Prof. Yuping Chen

Prof. Yuping Chen

Dr. Yuping Chen joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health and Human Sciences (renamed to the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions) at Georgia State University (GSU) in August 2009. She was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and promoted to Associate Professor in August 2015. She is a pediatric physical therapist by training, whose primary research interests are in determining the effectiveness of novel physical therapy interventions (virtual reality gaming and robotic therapy) in improving arm function in children with developmental disabilities. The target populations she studies now are children with cerebral palsy and infants at high risk of developing cerebral palsy (i.e., infants born prematurely). Recently she expanded her research to examine if parental stress, fatigue, and depressive symptoms influence children’s improvement in physical function to further use family as a unit to provide interventions to improve quality of life for both parents and children with developmental disability.

Become the best public speaker you can be! Learn how to prepare and deliver speeches to inform and persuade every audience. Special emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of organization, structure, and content of speeches. The student will analyze and research some of the best American speeches, both historical and contemporary.

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Instructor Bio:

Dr. James Darsey

Dr. James Darsey

Dr. James Darsey did his BA work in Speech at Florida State University, his MA in Communication at Purdue University, and his PhD in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a year as a CIC Traveling Scholar at the University of Chicago. His published work is primarily in the areas of radical rhetoric and the rhetoric of social movements and has been recognized with numerous awards. Prior to joining to faculty at Georgia State University in 1999, Prof. Darsey taught at DePaul University, the University of Iowa, The Ohio State University, and Northern Illinois University. He has taught public speaking for forty years. When not teaching or working on research, Prof. Darsey sometimes participates in or leads camping trips with an outdoors group he belongs to. Recent trips include camping in the Okefenokee, swimming with manatees, and camping in the Everglades.

 

 

This course is designed to improve your academic English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking). We offer three sections, depending on your language proficiency. You will be assigned to a section and instructor after your language placement exam on July 2 during mandatory orientation.

Instructor 1:

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students and has served in a number of administrative roles. Ms. Cavusgil is author/coauthor of several ESL textbooks, including College Writing 4 and Looking Ahead: Introduction to Academic Writing. On the weekends, you will find her reading about home decorating, planting in her family’s garden, or sewing, nailing, or designing her next creation. This is Ms. Cavusgil's third summer teaching in the Summer Institute.

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Instructor 2:

John Bunting

Mr. John Bunting

Mr. John Bunting is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where he teaches in the Intensive English Program. John has written or co-written several ESL textbooks, including Grammar and Beyond 4 and College Vocabulary 4. He is interested in using technology in his classes and encourages students to challenge themselves, have fun, and meet people to help improve their English language skills.

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Instructor 3:

Debra Snell

Ms. Debra Snell

Ms. Debra Snell is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where she teaches English as a second language to international students in the Intensive English Program. In her spare time, Debra enjoys food, bicycling, travel, her friends and family and her dog, Baker!

Science of Learning explores how we learn and study best. This course explores theories and research that support effective learning and study strategies. Students will practice effective learning strategies, and applying the science of learning to help others learn best. Come join us in learning how to learn.

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This class introduces students to computer programming. Beginning learners welcome. No prior programming experience is required. The class emphasizes cutting edge design principles (e.g., pseudocode, stepwise refinement, object-oriented design as well as understanding the syntax and semantics of an appropriate language. This class is for non-majors interested in obtaining some helpful and fundamental computer programming skills.

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Interested in the future of the economy on an international scale? This course examines worldwide integration of economic, political, technological, cultural, and social facets to explore the impact of globalization on organizations and individuals worldwide. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the macro environment of the global marketplace. They learn how to apply their knowledge of global markets through the simultaneous consideration of all business functions. Methodologies of country market assessment are researched and explored while applying critical thinking through writing. The course is the required first CTW course for all majors in the Robinson College of Business.

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This course introduces LL.M. students whose first law degree was awarded by a law school in a foreign country to the concepts of law fundamental to, and the legal institutions operating within, the United States legal system. The course will include an overview of the U.S. legal system including the function and procedures of civil and criminal courts. It also included a survey of substantive legal topics that form a core of knowledge essential to the practice of law in the United States. This course is required for LL.M. students with a foreign law degree.

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*Courses subject to change based on availability and enrollment.

For questions about course content or availability, please contact the Office of International Initiatives at oii@gsu.edu or (404) 413-2530.