Spring 2021

Prerequisites
None. Required course for architecture majors.  This course may be used to fulfill the visual and performing arts component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, teamwork and social responsibility.  This course carries the Global Cultures flag.  Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States.  You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of non-U.S. cultural groups, past and present.
 
Educational Objectives
          1.   To establish a perspective of the role and influence of architecture in society
                and vis-a-vis other disciplines in the arts and science.
          2.   To develop an understanding of how architecture is shaped by and reflects
                cultural values and social organization.
          3.   To present a broad picture of issues and factors which influence architectural
                design.
          4.   To understand how global cultures create environments that both reflect and
                 shape their values.
 
Educational Approach
The lecture portion of the course will be covered partly by a series of “talks” that are pre-recorded and can be accessed asynchronously.  During the scheduled lecture time there will be a short “check-in” online where a question will be given to assess comprehension of and reaction to material in the “talks”.  Some discussion sections will be held in person, and some will be held via Zoom.  Accommodations will be made for any student in any section who needs to take the discussion portion of the class remotely.  This is a reading/looking/listening/thinking course. The lecture  material will be supplemented by related outside reading and required participation in discussion sections that hone skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork. Students will also give oral presentations in discussion sections.  Students with disabilities may request accommodations. http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/ or call 512-471-6259.
 
Evaluation
There will be three tests in the course. Each test will count 10% of your final grade.
Tests will include multiple choice questions as well as short answer questions analyzing buildings to demonstrate understanding of material covered in lectures and reading over a five- to seven-week period.  Participation in class (in the form of question responses due in the “check-ins” in most class periods) will count 30%, and participation in sections will count 15%. The remaining 25% of your grade will be based on a series of five short analytical exercises that you will do through the semester. Analytical exercises will be dealt with primarily in sections. 
 
Required Texts
Rasmussen, Steen Eiler. Experiencing Architecture.
Heschong, Lisa. Thermal Delight in Architecture.
Moore, Charles, et al. The Place of Houses.
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