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ERIC Number: ED207421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Linking Architecture and History in the Teaching of Undergraduates: A Three Course Sequence.
McAninch, Christopher
The architecture sequence at Hiram College, Ohio, which consists of three courses and supervised volunteer work at restoration sites in the region, is described. The sequence links American architecture and the broader areas of cultural history and literature, and the courses are open to any student in the college. The introductory course examines the simultaneous emergence of an American culture and an American architecture in early 19th-century America and is based on viewing the house as a symbolic mode as perceived through contemporary literature. Students analyze literature to help understand the forces that formed domestic architecture, including popular attitudes and tastes. The third course deals with American cultural life from 1890 to the present, with special emphasis on architecture. The meaning of artifacts and the way that public taste of Americans, as shown in the structured forms of their living and working space, reflects basic cultural values are addressed. This course examines the rapidly changing architecture and material culture of the industrial ages, uses visual aids to demonstrate associations between varying art forms, and examines regional architecture via slides and sight visitations. Details of the development of the architecture sequence and financial support of the program are indicated. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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