Spring 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

GRS AM 755 – Colloquium in Preservation Planning: This course may be the finale of the master’s program for those who intend to pursue a career in preservation planning.  It is an opportunity to pull together the various planning tools available to identify, evaluate, and protect cultural resources.  A group project exposes students to the various aspects of planning and allows them to accomplish a finite goal within the planning process.  Past classes have developed preservation plans for communities or for specific resources.  Readings and class discussion reach beyond the specific project to include the tools, the philosophy, and the purpose of preservation planning, how preservation becomes part of the overall planning process, and the role of preservation planning in growth management.  Dray, T 5:30 – 8:30.


CAS AR 506 – GIS: Prerequisite: Two AR courses at the 200, 300, or 400 levels and consent of instructor.  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.

History of Art & Architecture

CAS AH 570 – Early American Architecture: Lectures and field trips explore American architecture from initial European contact through the early nineteenth century.  Includes discussion of the architectural forms of multiple regions of the United States and introduces the practice of building archaeology.  New research and rigorous methods challenge long-held assumptions and uncover intriguing histories and meanings of early American buildings and landscapes.  Dempsey, T 2:00 – 5:00.

CAS AH 580 – Architectural Technology & Materials: An introduction to the history of architectural construction, technologies, and materials, and their consequences in the built environment.  Student receive a practical understanding of the building process and of its social and cultural contexts.  Brown, T 9:30 – 12:30.

CAS AH 585 – Transnationalism & Architecture: In recent times, the field of history has been characterized by the growth of studies adopting a “transnational” perspective, a phenomenon that touched on disciplines as diverse as the history of international relations, the history of social policies, cultural history, migration history, and intellectual history.  The aim of the seminar is to start a discussion on the transnational character of modern architecture and to verify to which extent the paradigm of transnational history can be applied to modern architecture as a historical subject.  In doing so, the seminar will consider a narrative that covers the 20th century but that, at times, includes events that took place during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Scrivano, W 1:00 – 4:00.

CAS AH 587 – Green Design: This seminar will explore the historical context for the current issues of sustainability and green architecture from the eighteenth century to the present.  The recent explosion of interest in sustainability and green architecture will be examined within its larger Western context, with a primary focus on the American situation.  The engagement of architecture with nature will be charted through questions of landscape theory, pubic park making, suburbanization, adaptive re-use and new green materials and methods construction, among other topics.  The course will involve discussion of common readings, site visits, and independent research.  Morgan, M 1:00 – 4:00.

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.  Orlinoff, M 6:00 – 9:00.

Metropolitan College – City Planning and Urban Affairs

MET UA 509 – Urban and Public Finance and Budgeting: Economic, social, and political aspects of state and local government finances.  Theory of public finance; revenues, expenditures, and survey of budgetary processes.  Planning techniques in capital budgeting and other finance activities.  Selected issues: debt, user fees, property taxes, and incentives.  Delaney, T 6:00 – 9:00.

MET UA 523 – Skills and Techniques in Planning: An exploration of the various methods of attaining necessary capital for economic development, including both private financing through venture capital, and public financing.  Topics range from local incentives such as enterprise zones and revolving loan funds, to collaborative strategies for the financing of neighborhood business.  Special situations are also reviewed including methods used to finance tourism, sports facilities, retail and industrial growth, and environmental improvement.  Students gain experience in both grant writing techniques and in the preparation of proposals for either public or private financing.  Silva, T 6:00 – 9:00.

MET UA 662 – Non-Profits and Land Use Development: Raitt, M 6:00 – 9:00.

MET UA 715 – Planning Law: Benson, W 6:00 – 9:00.

MET UA 805 – The Boston Urban Symposium: The Boston based Urban Symposium will be a thematic Spring symposium, required for students in the Urban Affairs and City Planning programs.  The class meetings will weave together the interdisciplinary nature of the urban planning and city planning professions.  While the symposium topics will change each spring, professionals and industry leaders will be invited to lecture on their experiences, contemporary challenges to the professions, and major problems confronting the public and private sectors.  Recognizing the unique and diverse characteristics of the Boston urban environment, the symposium themes will be drawn from topical issues that involve the greater Boston metropolitan area.  The course features a combination of guest speakers and academic case studies that emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of urban planning.  Silva, M 6:00 – 9:00.