Fall 2014 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 – Places of Memory: Historic Preservation Theory and Practice. This seminar  covers key aspects of the history, theory, and practice of historic preservation. Preservation will be discussed in the context of cultural history and the changing relationship between existing buildings and landscapes and attitudes toward history, memory, invented tradition, and place. Course scrutinizes disparate forms of preservation including natural conservation, building restoration, green urbanism, monument and memorial construction, rituals of ancestor worship, design philosophies related to additions and historic context, and strategies for rebuilding after war. Also offered as MET UA 546. Daniel Bluestone, Tuesday 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

History of Art & Architecture

CAS AH 520 – Museums.  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 professionals. Melanie Hall, Thursday 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

GRS AH 892 – Approches to Architectural History.  The aim of the course is to analyze the nature of writings in architecture, to identify their origins and to discuss the reasons of their success and the consequences of their circulation. Among the examples taken into consideration are monographic works on specific architects, books on history, polemical pamphlets, and personal recollections. Special attention will be given to the “canonical” historiography of the 20th century. Paulo Scrivano, Wednesday 1o:00am – 12:00pm.