ARTH 072. Global History of Architecture: Prehistory-1750


This survey will provide an introduction to the history of the global built environment from the earliest human settlements to the middle of the second millennium. Chronologically and geographically broad, we will examine selected works of architecture and urbanism from diverse cultures around the world, commencing ca. 10,000 B.C.E. and ending around 1750 C.E. In doing so, we will interpret the built environment as both a product of its social, political, and cultural contexts and a force that shapes those contexts. Despite a diversity of examples, common themes--such as cultural interaction and exchange, religion and belief, transmission of knowledge, architectural patronage, spatial and aesthetic innovation, and technological transformation--will emerge across the course.
Humanities.
1 credit.
Fall 2018. Goldstein.
Catalog chapter: Art and Art History  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/art


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