2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IAHIS 2550 Paris History of Architecture

This course is designed to broaden one's understanding of Western architecture and its social, political, and cultural meanings. The course will examine the history of Western architecture from antiquity to the present using the city of Paris as a specific case study". Towards this end the course will include a 6-8 day trip to Paris during Spring Break. This travel experience is intended to provide students with a unique opportunity to study buildings and monuments in their original contexts. During our stay in Paris students will visit Roman ruins Gothic churches Renaissance palaces Baroque monuments and contemporary museums. At the same time the trip to Paris will immerse students in French culture thereby providing them with international experience. Although this course is primarily structured as a historical overview of major architectural styles and monuments consideration will also be given to current methodological and thematic issues that shape one's engagement with the built environment."