ARC 342R (00900) ARC 388R (01195) CRP 392C.2 (01630)
Planning history often focuses on utopias, reforms, and precedents, and design history on the superlative and the avant garde. This course looks instead at changing norms: how the ordinary environment was ordinarily produced, and by whom. Its focus is the United States from the early 19th to the late 20th century.
- gain familiarity with the history of American urban development in terms of material culture, cultural landscapes, and environmental history; in terms of process as well as product;
- learn the historian’s methods: constructing narrative based on evidence from primary sources
- learn to consume historical narrative critically