About this course
This lecture and discussion course surveys the history of landscapes and landscape architecture over the history of human settlements, from the establishment of agriculture to the near present. This material is approached with an eye toward examining the ways that past ideas, interventions, and experiences have shaped the practice of landscape architecture and allied fields as a domain of knowledge and cultural production. The course introduces students to some of the major historical forces that have shaped our physical environments and reminds us that historical transformations have influenced and shaped our practices and experiences in the present day.
This course proceeds historically and thematically with a global approach to examining landscape change and design. Themes include agriculture, industrialization, urbanization, race, consumption, health, privacy, colonialism, nature, imperialism, gender, avant-gardes, and technology. Readings expose students to historical scholarship on landscape history, debates among historians, as well as concepts and methods from practitioners and theorists.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for
• Advanced Composition
• Humanities - Hist & Phil
• Cultural Studies - Western
3 credit hours