SLS 3110: Technology and Sustainable Community Development

Course Overview

When does technology improve communities? When doesn’t it, and why? What else matters in the success or failure of technology-based projects? How can engineers and scientists improve their chances of having a positive long-term impact on communities? What role does public policy and the social sciences have to play? How is designing technology for communities different from designing technology for consumers? This course will explore the role of technology in the development of sustainable communities, locally and internationally. Through a combination of historical perspective, case studies, community engagement methods and practice, and critical evaluation techniques, students will develop an appreciation for the strengths and limitations of technology in sustainable community development and the skills needed to approach sustainable community issues drawing on engineering and computing in context.

This course is part of Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) initiative, which provides students with opportunities inside and outside the classroom designed to help them combine their academic and career interests with their desire to improve the human condition, allowing them to help build healthier, more sustainable communities where people and nature thrive.  More information about SLS can be found at  Visit the website to sign up for the SLS listserv and find links to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Key SLS Student Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate skills needed to work effectively in different types of communities.


Please get in touch with Profs Zegura and Yow using their Georgia Tech email addresses, instead of using canvas.

Ellen Zegura:

Ruthie Yow:

Katie Martin:

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