SYLLABUS: Documenting Atlanta

Digitizing Atlanta


This introductory undergraduate english course introduces students to the principles and practices of communication they need in their academic and professional lives. The goal of classes in the Writing and Communication Program is for students to develop competence and confidence in all communication modalities (Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, and Nonverbal) and to understand how effective communication balances multiple modalities thoughtfully and synergistically. The class addresses rhetorical principles and multimodal composition while it introduces research as well as cultural studies and literary/discourse analysis specific to Atlanta. Students develop an understanding of the genre on which the project focuses as well the rhetorical processes involved in creating examples of that genre. Projects create purposeful, audience-directed texts that present well supported arguments using appropriate conventions of written, oral, visual, and/or nonverbal communication.

*Image credit: 1928 view of the Sears building (now Ponce City Market) and Ponce de Leon Park (known then as Spiller Field, now a shopping plaza that includes stores such as TJ Maxx and Whole Foods). Courtesy of the Atlanta History Center’s Tumblr.

Downloads & Links


Sarah O’Brien – English, Film Studies –  Georgia Institute of Technology

Ruthie Yow – Ethnography –  Georgia Institute of Technology