Anthropology | Space, Place and Landscape
P600 | 15231 | Alt

Above class meets first eight weeks only

This course is a short but intensive look at different ways of
thinking about space and place. We will engage with ideas from
philosophy, geography, architecture, critical theory, anthropology and
more to develop understandings of how interactions of people, places
and the built environment both intentionally and unintentionally
create specific sensibilities. Although we will have an archaeological
view point the concepts are applicable to many different consideration
of the spatiality of human experience. We ask how space shapes us, and
how we shape space, what are architectures of power, or what
constitutes sacred spaces?  Can the built environment encode
inequality, or foster communalism?  Can space ever really be empty?
This course is a seminar; therefore we will read widely and discuss
ideas and theories.  Although there will be a small lecture component,
this class is specifically developed to encourage understanding
through group discussion and the evaluation of the theories of space,
place and architecture. We will also take a few short excursions on
campus to experience the effects of place and space ourselves, and
watch films. Our focus then, is on critical thinking, and the
exploration of multiple points of view. This class will not tell you
how to think about space, but will provide you with the foundations to
develop your own framework of understanding.