Fall 2012 Courses

This schedule is subject to change.  For the most accurate information concerning other programs and departments, consult the University Class Schedule online: www.bu.edu/studentlink, as well as each department’s own website.  Graduate students may not take courses below the 500 level for credit.

Preservation Studies

CAS AM 501 Special Topics in American Studies: Suburban Nation – Explorations in America’s Middle Landscape. This seminar will explore the central but highly contested landscape of suburban development and architecture in the United States allowing students from multiple disciplines to question the validity and impact of one of the most basic elements of modern life. Common readings and discussions will be mixed with the examinations of suburban contexts in history, literature, film, design, and planning. All students will conduct independent research that they will present to their colleagues and submit a scholarly essay. Morgan, W 9:00 – 12:00

CAS AM 546 Historic Preservation. An introduction to the American preservation movement, including current issues and modern practice. Considers key aspects of the history, theory, and philosophy of historic preservation, and introduces students to key figures in preservation agencies and organizations in this region. Also offered as MET UA 546. Dempsey, T 5:30 – 8:30

CAS AM 553 Documenting Historic Buildings and Landscapes. Seminar in architectural and landscape recording techniques involving readings, fieldwork, and writing; projects include research on individual buildings as well as groups of resources. Emphasis on research design and evaluation of evidence. Also offered as MET UA 553. Dempsey, R 2:00 – 5:00.

GRS AM 754 Planning and Preservation. Considers the methods employed to protect and plan for the historic landscape. Topics include the history of preservation planning and the broader planning profession, and a review of case law, legislation, and the protection strategies of current preservation practice. Also offered as MET UA 754. Dray, T 6:00 – 9:00.

GRS AM 857 Material Culture. Introduction to the theory and practice of the interdisciplinary study of material culture, which includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings. Explores contemporary scholarship from a range of disciplines. Also offered as GRS AM 867. Moore, M 2:00 – 5:00.


CAS AR 570 Approaches to Artifact Analysis in Historical Archaeology – Identification and dating of European and Asian artifiacts found on archaeological sites in the Americas, ca. 1500 – 1900. Emphasis on methods for analyzing, conducting research on, and interpreting artifacts and assemblages. Beaudry, M 10:00 – 1:00.

GRS AR 780 Archaeological Ethics and Law. In this course students examine archaeology and professional ethics; archaeology as a public interest; legal organization of archaeology; international approaches to heritage management; looting, collecting, and the antiquities market; maritime law and underwater archaeology; cultural resource management in the United States.  Meets with CAS AR 480. Elia, M 1:00 – 4:00, Graduate Discussion R 2:00 – 3:00.

History of Art & Architecture

CAS AH 520 The Museum and Historical Agency – The History, present realities, and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies. Emphasis on the collection, preservation, and use of objects, as well as on the interaction of artists, dealers, collectors, donors, scholars, trustees and museum professionals. Hall, R 2:00 – 5:00.

CAS AH 582 Historic Houses. Studies the preservation of historic homes as museums,a phenomenon involving more than 26,000 homes throughout the U.S. since 1850. Considers Boston’s excellent examples as works of architecture and design and as icons in debates about national and regional identities. Hall, T 2:00 – 5:00.

GRS AH 892 Approaches to Architectural History. Introduction to the theory and practice of architectural history. Readings explore varied approaches to interpreting architecture; assignments develop skills of informed and careful architectural analysis. Scrivano. T 10:00 – 12:00.

Arts & Administration (Metropolitan College)

MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofits. Analyzes issues of accounting, finance, and economics in the context of the not-for-profit organization. Stresses understanding financial statements, budget planning and control, cash flow analysis, and long term planning. Orlinoff, M 6:00 – 9:00.

Urban Affairs (Metropolitan College)

MET UA 508 Real Estate Development. Various factors affecting location, construction, financing, and marketing of real estate in metropolitan areas. Studies the relationship of public policy to the activities of the private sector, market analysis techniques, evaluation of development projects, and problems of real estate investment. Smith, W 6:00 – 9:00.

MET UA 510 Topics C1 GIS for Planners. Requires permission from Urban Affairs and enrollment is limited.

MET UA 515 History and Theory of Urban Planning. History, concepts, and methods of contemporary urban and regional planning practice. Governmental, nonprofit, and private settings of professional planning; plans, research, and policy development; uses and implementation of planning. Political analysis of planning issues, such as comprehensiveness, public interest, advocacy, negotiation, and future orientation. Case materials drawn from redevelopment, growth management, land use conflicts, and service delivery. Silva, M 6:00 – 9:00.

MET UA 613 Designing Urban Space. The role urban design in the community development process. Examines human behavior, aesthetic foundations of design methods, citizen/client participation, and public policy issues. Analysis of actual community spaces. Student design exercises. Dutta-Koehle, R 6:00 – 9:00.