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Atlanta-Based Learning

The Atlanta-Based learning is a required and graded experience for students in the Freshman Learning Communities. Students in FLCs should consult with their GSU 1010 instructor and course syllabus for guidelines to their Atlanta-Based Learning experience.

Atlanta-Based Learning promotes academic and civic engagement within the greater Atlanta community. As an urban research institution in Atlanta, Georgia State offers an opportunity for students to understand the context in which they are developing as learners. While engaged in “Campus Atlanta,” students obtain the comparative advantage of attending an institution directly linked to its urban community. Engaging in Atlanta-Based Learning activities provides students with an opportunity to generate connections between the academic curriculum and the urban Atlanta environment.

The following are some examples of engagement activities:

Learns About – Atlanta settings

  • Walking tour of Georgia State campus
  • Walking tour of Atlanta to compare and contrast past and present buildings and landmarks

Learns From – Atlanta systems

  • Public health class tours Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and learns about health issues in Atlanta
  • Urban studies class meets with Central Atlanta Progress leaders regarding downtown urban development issues

Learns With – Atlanta communities

  • Pre-law class interviews a community member who attended elementary school during Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Education class reads to children to improve literacy skills

Learns By – Atlanta service-learning

  • Business class works closely with non-profit agency to design business plan
  • Emerging Leaders class plants trees in the downtown Atlanta area

The Atlanta-Based Learning staff is available to assist you in developing and implementing engagement opportunities.