PHL*294*10 Description

SpTp: Religion & Architecture

The objective of this course is to bring student to a critical awareness of the expressive potential of architecture, particularly as it relates to the development of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious traditions, and reactions against those traditions, within Western and World civilization. We will study the architectonic expression of religious themes throughout the course of human history and across several cultures to better understand the evolution of the contemporary condition in religion, society, architecture, and urbanism. Students will be required to write significant essays, perform at least one oral presentation, and take a comprehensive exam. The course will provide opportunities for field trips for further exploration of the themes of the course. The destinations will be within driving distance. No prerequisites. Eric Anderson (architect) and Joseph Prud'homme (Department of Political Science and the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture).