The course helps build a vocabulary to study environment and sustainability as disputed terrains between technological fixes and issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and colonial status.
The course explores significant changes in theory and practice across the design disciplines and professions (with particular emphasis on architecture), and considers how they are intertwined with larger social and historical forces.
The course provides an overview of the history of the built environment from 1500 AD to the present.
The course provides an introduction to the ideas that have informed design thinking from the 19th century to the present, with an emphasis on the debates of the last four decades.
The course focuses on the significance of the physical environment in human life as citizens and as future design professionals and it introduces students to the field of human-environment studies.