Built Environment and Culture (3) Investigates the relationship between socio-cultural practices and the development and organization of contemporary built environments.
LARCH 065 Built Environment and Culture (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
This interdisciplinary course is based on the premise that space is an active structuring element of human experience. Using theoretical orientations from landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning, geography, sociology, and cultural anthropology this course will investigate how social structures are spatially embedded in contemporary built environments. It will do so by examining environments at three scales (house, street, and city) in different parts of the world. It will explore both western and non-western environments with emphasis on environments that students are likely to be unfamiliar with. Within each scale and region it will focus on the spatial experience of different groups based on racial, ethnic, gender, class, and other identities.
This course will equip students with the necessary skills to understand and analyze the relationship between existing social and power structures of society and the organization of specific built environments. It will enable them to compare their experience of environments with those of other groups in society. It will also introduce students to the aesthetics of everyday environments in both national and international contexts. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course will complement LARCH 060 and other courses related to human settlements and urbanization offered by various departments/programs like Architecture, Art History, Geography, History, and Sociology.
Students will be evaluated through low stakes testing (a series of three exams), frequent quizzes, leading of discussion sessions, and a group project. Peer evaluation will also be part of the final grade.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.