ENVIRON 350 - The Built Environment: Introduction to Landscape Change
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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The content of this course is broad, but critically important for helping informed citizens learn to look at the things we build and the spaces we inhabit. Built environments affect our entire lives, yet we rarely focus on their influence. This course bridges the natural science, social science, and humanities realms anticipated in the Program in the Environment. Course lectures and readings emphasize breadth over depth. Student case study work, however, will develop depth in particular landscape topics.

This course is an introduction to the role of humans in shaping the built environment. It explores physical design and cultural meaning at various scales and contexts in the landscape. We explore the power of physical design and planning to enrich the human spirit, provide functional needs, interpret cultural history, and sustain natural systems. The course is concerned with exploring how Americans shape space and how, in turn, space shapes people. We take a topical approach, dealing with different aspects of landscape change, design, and planning. The course illustrates how humans have adapted and shaped landscapes for functional and aesthetic goals. A unifying theme is emphasized throughout: the important link between natural and social processes of landscape change. Landscape design and planning professional skills will not be taught directly; the goal is not to prepare students for landscape architecture practice. This course, however, is designed to encourage students to think about land from many different perspectives. Prepare to think, talk and write about villages, mobile homes, theme parks, shopping malls, freeways and farms, among other built forms. You will be asked to consider many aspects of these diverse places — economic, social, historical, political, and ecological.

Requirements: Three exams per term. Five assignments, including a semester-long journal exercise and four other exercises that have two to five pages of writing each.

Intended audience: Sophomores and Juniors in the Program in the Environment, or elsewhere in LSA. The course should appeal both to students interested in environmental literacy generally, and to those following specific environmental career tracks.

ENVIRON 350 - The Built Environment: Introduction to Landscape Change
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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