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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Jan 21, 2018
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

EDAD408 Special Topics in Architectural History/Theory and Criticism 3cr.

This course provides a survey of main theoretical approaches in modern architectural history:
beginning from the institutionalization of architectural academia until the present. We
examine how a wide range of architectural commentators see the meaning, role, and
significance of the built environment, and each week is devoted to a certain theme and/or theory
affirmed in a particular historical context. The themes are explored through reading and
discussion of the historical texts, as well as more recent interpretations by contemporary

Each week’s topic is examined in a three hour discussion on the assigned readings. Students
sharpen their critical thinking and develop their verbal and writing skills through in-depth study
of particular topics in seminar discussions, oral presentations and written assignments.

Spring Only