ARC 1720 – Survey of Architectural History


General Education Credit: Humanities, International
College Credit: 3

Course Instructor: Sarah Gamble
Sarah Gamble
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About The Course

This general survey course of Architectural History is offered for non-architectural major students. The course examines architectural intentions in human history from prehistory to the contemporary age.

The primary objective is to help students develop their own informed perspective in interpreting the built environment. The course demonstrates the connections between form and idea in the creation of architecture. With a primary focus on Western civilizations, the course also includes Non-Western civilizations in order for students to procure a comparative perspective for understanding architectural history across cultural differences. Architectural context and landscape are also discussed to let students understand the relationship between architecture and the surrounding environment.

Course Goals

As a result of the course, students are expected to understand how historicity defines the horizon of human dwelling and building. Throughout the course, architectural meaning and its embodiment will be emphasized. The course also introduces fundamental principles of architectural design from a historical and critical perspective. As a result of learning, the students will begin to understand and interpret architecture as a historical, cultural, and aesthetic product. The basic principles of design will become apparent and, as a result, these principles will prove meaningful to the student’s personal, cultural, and professional growth.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Elective
High School Credit: 0.5