Spring 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.

American Studies

AM 502 American Landscapes. An interdisciplinary exploration of the meanings of landscapes in American culture. Uses art history, literature, history, archaeology, and cultural landscape studies to examine how we shape the land and use it to define ourselves.  Moore. W 1:00-4:00

GRS AM 747 Building Conservation. Theory and practicalities involved in conservation of historic buildings. This course will cover the history and theory of building conservation, architectural investigations of building, including documentary, constructional, and finish materials to materials for conservation.  Remsen. W 6:00-9:00


CAS AR 506 A1 Geographical Information Systems. Advanced computer (GIS) techniques are used to address regional archaeological problems. This applied course examines digital encoding and manipulation of archaeological and environmental data, and methods for testing hypotheses, analyzing, and modeling the archaeological record.  Roosevelt. M 9:00-12:00

CAS AR 795 A1 Politics, Nationalism, & Archaeology. Explores how archaeology is shaped by and manipulated for political purposes. Case studies from Asia and around the world trace the development of archaeology during colonial empire-building and post-colonial nationalism, and the importance of archaeological heritage in regional politics.  Murowchick. T 9:30-12:30

GRS AR IR 396/796 Cultural Heritage and Diplomacy. This course considers the place of heritage studies in archaeology and cultural diplomacy.  We will explore the roles of art and architecture as cultural ambassadors; the place of art and culture in constructing national identity and its representation in museums and other cultural landscapes; the role of international law in the development and management of the arts; the role of cultural affairs in U.S. embassies; the underlying principles of funding opportunities for international heritage projects from the State Department; and the strategic impact of heritage programming in promoting U.S. foreign policy aimed at winning the “hearts and minds” of foreign communities and building mutual understanding through people-to-people exchanges.  Case studies explore the history of cultural diplomacy and contemporary debates that implicate heritage in trade regulations in Latin American (CAFTA, NAFTA) as well as the intersection with the European Union, the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East.   Luke. T 2:30-3:30. Meets with AR 396 TR 3:30 – 5:00

GRS AR 810 A1 International Heritage Management. Investigations of issues in archaeological heritage management at the international level. Approaches, challenges, and solutions to problems in the identification, evaluation, conservation, management, and interpretation of archaeological resources. Focus on specific topics (e.g. legislation) and/or geographical regions.  Mughal. M 1:00-4:00

GRS AR 815 Plunder and Preservation: Cultural Heritage in Wartime. Topics include safeguarding of cultural sites, monuments, and objects during armed conflict; history of cultural seizures as spoils of war; destruction of cultural heritage in war; development of legal protections; contemporary approaches to preservation of heritage at risk from war.  Elia. F 11:00-2:00

History of Art & Architecture

AH 521 Curatorship: José Luís Sert at Boston University: The George Sherman Union, the Mugar Memorial Library, and the School of Law are an imposing (and sometimes unwelcomed) presence on Boston University’s campus. Designed and realized during the 1960s by a team led by Spanish architect José Luís Sert (the Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design between 1953 and 1969), these buildings are no doubt distinctive of the design culture of mid-century Boston, a moment of the architectural history of our city that needs a serious reappraisal. This course will research and prepare for an exhibition dedicated to Sert’s work at Boston University, scheduled to open at Boston University Gallery in 2014. Students will analyze the projects that will be displayed in the show and study the architects’ biographies, the general context of the history of architecture of the 1950s and 1960s, and comparable examples of designs for university campuses. Working in teams, students will also learn the practical elements of exhibition organization, consisting in the preparation of layouts, checklists, wall and object labels, sample catalogue entries, and press releases. They will also be introduced to the basics of museum techniques for gallery design, such as planning, budgeting, design, evaluation of shipping costs, preparation and installation, catalogue publication, and public relations. The course will consist of lectures, student discussions, and visits to buildings, archives and exhibitions. Scrivano. R 3:00-6:00

CAS AH 580 Architectural Technology & Materials: An introduction to the history of architectural construction, technologies, and materials, and their consequences in the built environment. Students will receive a practical understanding of the building process and of its social and cultural contexts. Brown. R 11:00-2:00

GRS AH 733 Colloquium in Greek Art and Architecture: This colloquium considers the meanings of the classical as a concept, process, mode of representation, and ideal of collective identity. Topics include Greek classicism’s function in western and non-western traditions of art and archaeology; the changing roles of democracy, racism, and ethnicity in forging the classical ideal; status and the individual artist; Greek theories of vision and their relationship to naturalism and illusionism; and the rediscovery and use of the classical in Renaissance and Neoclassical art and architecture. Martin. R 2:00-4:00. Meets with with AH333 TR 11:00-12:30.

GRS AH 820 Kyoto: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism: This seminar explores the art, architecture, and urbanism of Kyoto, the Japanese imperial capital from the late 8th Century to the mid-19th Century. The course analyzes major artistic and architectural projects sponsored by successive generations of emperors, aristocrats, warriors, and priests, and places the projects in the context of the city’s cultural and urban development. Despite radical shifts in governance, urban configuration, topography, and cultural trends that occurred in Kyoto during the millennium under investigation, cultural continuity figured large as a conscious aim and rhetorical device among patrons and creators of the arts. Weekly readings will emphasize issues of lineage, heritage, and tradition. Tseng. R 1:00-3:00

GRS AH 886 Visual Culture of the Civil War America: Focus on American visual culture from 1850 to 1870–Slavery, Sectionalism, Civil War, Emancipation, the Death of Lincoln, and Reconstruction– in painting, sculpture, book illustration, the illustrated weeklies, photography, exhibitions, and organized urban spectacles. Hills. T 9:00-11:00

GRS AH 782 Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century Architecture in Europe and America: Dilemma of style in nineteenth-century architecture; study of the relationship of architectural theory to the changing philosophy and aesthetic theory of the period. Development of functionalist theory. Morgan. T  4:00-6:00. Meets with CAS AH 382 TR 2:00-3:30

Urban Affairs

MET UA 510 A1 Special Topics: Planning Law. Benson. M 6:00-9:00

MET UA 510 B1 Special Topics: Land Use and Non-Profits. Raitt. T 6:00-9:00

MET UA 510 D1 Special Topics: Affordable Housing Finance. Staff. R 6:00-9:00

MET UA 590 International Comparative Urbanization and Planning. Examination of a selected country, region, or city in relation to issues of urbanization and development planning. Emphasis on comparative analysis of policy, techniques, conditions, issues, and effectiveness. Topics and international subjects vary. Consult the department for details. Silva. W 6:00-9:00

MET UA 629 C1 Urbanization & the Environment. Interrelationships between physical environment and processes of urbanization. Case studies develop historical perspective on social, economic, and physical aspects of the quality of urban life. Special attention to the preparation of environmental impact statements and assessment of urban environmental quality.  Application of Smart Growth Tool and Techniques. Gaertner. W 6:00-9:00