Winter 2012 introduced a new, scientific element to my university learning. I had not taken any sort of science classes since high school, and although I’d already been following and saw the importance in the issues of the environment and ecology, learning more facts about them was a valuable experience. The concepts of history and place also tie all of these classes together. The environment and ecology are both things that have been affected by history, taking place on our planet, and the GIS element of CEP 302 was a contribution to the analysis of place. L ARCH 353 was about the history of places, landscape architecture and architecture-wise. CHID 250 was a study of sorts, of local places. In this widespread world, people need to go back in history for a deeper understanding of places around them and everywhere else, and be innovative to create a sustainable future where we could significantly reduce, and perhaps one day reverse the negative effects our globalization has had on the environment and ecology. Together, I think all of these classes were be a great lead-in for CEP 303, the core CEP class for Spring Quarter 2012.
(Environment, ecology, history, place)
CEP 302 - Environmental Response
5 credits - CEP core requirement
Explores issues of environmental crisis and societal responses. Readings and reflective analysis from broad selection of authoritative sources to develop grounded perspective in ecological literacy and consciousness. Concurrently, experiential education in challenges and practical responses to building sustainable society through participation in community-based environmental effort.
L ARCH 353 - History of Modern Landscape Architecture
3 credits - CEP methods course
Development of profession and art of landscape architecture in the United States, Europe, South America, and Japan in relation to prevailing social, economic, political, and cultural factors. Relationships with other professions, especially architecture and urban planning, and other arts, such as painting and sculpture.
CHID 250 - Special Topics: Introduction to the History of Ideas
5 credits - Elective
Topic: Critical media practice and the production of everyday spaces.
Class description: Media technologies today are continually transforming the globe, connecting people across vast physical spaces in ways never before possible. At the same time, there is a growing awareness of the need for local, emplaced communities that give people a sense of belonging and sustainability within our media-saturated, globalized, and commoditized world. The goal of this course is to use media practice (photography, video and/or audio, and writing) as a way to critically and self-reflexively examine the physical and social construction of the local spaces we inhabit. Students will choose a familiar, local space as the target of a continuing weekly site study, and they will track their experience of this space through regularly posted blog entries, culminating in a final media-based project. Linked with our class readings, this process is meant to help students explore how the transformative and persuasive capacities of media might provide us with an analog to the built environment that can deepen our understanding of the potential for our everyday spaces to affect human interaction.
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