Fall 2013 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 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.

GRS AM 867 – 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 AH 867. Moore, M 2:00 – 5:00.


CAS AR 504 – Preserving World Heritage: Principles and Practice. Examines fundamental issues in preservation and management of World Heritage sites. Topics include implementation of UNESCO’s Conventions, Recommendations, and Charters; selection and evaluation of cultural properties for inscription as World Heritage sites; and their protection from natural and human threats. Mughal, M 1:00 – 4:00.

GRS AR 770 – New World Historical Archaeology: Colonial America. Seminar. Material culture of the people who colonized North America. Architecture, artifacts, and a variety of sites – domestic military, commercial, sepulchral – are studies. Uses of archival evidence as factual and ethnographic documentation for archaeological interpretation are discussed. Meets with CAS AR 370. Beaudry, TR 12:30 – 2:00.

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. T 2:00 – 5:00, Graduate Discussion R 11:00 – 12:00.

History of Art & Architecture

CAS AH 520 – The Museum and Historical Agency. Using Boston’s excellent examples, we will consider history, present realities and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies. Issues and debates confronting museums today examined in the light of historical development and changing communities. Emphasis on collecting, display and interpretation, as well as on interactions between artists, dealers, collectors, donors, scholars, trustees and museum professionals. Opportunities to pursue projects in museums and historical agencies in and around Boston. Internship experience an advantage. Hall, R 2:00 – 5:00.

CAS AH 584 – Greater Boston: Architecture and Planning. Examines the buildings, development patterns, and open space planning of greater Boston, with particular emphasis on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Weekly visits to neighborhoods and buildings throughout the city are combined with independent research projects for each member of the seminar. Morgan, W 2:00 – 5:00.

GRS AH 798 – Colloquium in Twentieth Century Architecture. In conjunction with the CAS AH 398 lecture course, this colloquium focuses on main figures, events, artifacts of twentieth-century architectural history. Scrivano, T 10:00 – 12:00.

Metropolitan College – Administrative Studies

MET AD 603 – Evaluating and Developing Markets for Cultural Tourism. Cultural tourism in the 21st century is more than the traditional passive activities of visiting a museum, hearing a concert or strolling down an historic street. It has become an active, dynamic branch of tourism in which half of all tourists have stated that they want some cultural activities during their vacation. In this course we will introduce various themes of cultural tourism including the relationship between the Tourist Industry and the Cultural Heritage Manager, conservation and preservation vs. utilization of a cultural asset, authenticity vs. commoditization, stakeholders and what should be their rights and obligations, tangible and intangible tourist assets, the role of government, private industry and the non-profit sectors in tourism planning and sustainable economic development. We will examine these themes in different areas of cultural tourism including the art industry, historical sites, cultural landmarks, special events and festivals, theme parks and gastronomy. Meets with MET ML 691 B1. Medlinger. T 6:00 – 9:00.

Metropolitan College – Arts Administration

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. Arts Admin & FM Cert students or permission by instructor. Orlinoff. M 6:00 – 9:00.

Metropolitan College – City Planning and Urban Affairs

MET UA 503 – Housing and Community Development. Surveys the factors affecting supply and price of urban housing. Examines federal, state, and municipal programs, as well as future policy options, from the standpoint of housing quality and community development goals. Analysis of selected international comparative experience. Raitt. T 6:00 – 9:00.

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. R 6:00 – 9:00.

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 654: Geographic Information Systems for Planners. Geographic Information Systems for Planners provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specifically with a focus on applications in urban planning. The role of spatial analysis in local, state and regional planning has steadily increased over the last decade with the infusion of windows-based GIS software such as ESRI ArcGIS. The class focus is to prepare students to feel comfortable communicating with other GIS users, research spatial data, and produce high quality digital maps in an applied learning environment. Lane. W 6:00 – 9:00.

Metropolitan College – Gastronomy

MET ML 612 – Pots and Pans. Exploration of the food cultures and technologies through material culture- pots, pans, and utensils. Course will range broadly across cultures, time, and space with emphasis on medieval and early modern times. Life histories of humble, overlooked, everyday objects associated with food preparation and consumption; kitchens from prehistory to the present; tradition and fashion in cooking & dining vessels; pots and cooking technology; pots as metaphors. Beaudry. R 6:00 – 9:00.