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Brian Mclaren
ARCH 351
Seattle Campus

Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance Architecture

Architectural history in the Western world from AD 550 to 1750. Recommended: ARCH 350.

Class description

This course presents a survey of architecture from about 750 to about 1789. Examples are drawn from the traditions of Western and Islamic architecture during the periods usually termed the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque, with particular interest in the formation of and interaction between these traditions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class meets three times weekly for a series of illustrated lectures.

Recommended preparation

This is an undergraduate upper division and graduate level class, and as such we assume you are responsible students who attend class regularly and plan ahead for assignments and exams. We recommend that you read and review the assigned material before the lectures in which it will be covered. Because the lectures do not directly follow the order of the text, it may be useful first to read an entire chapter or set of chapters in anticipation of the lectures dealing with the material covered. Although Arch 350 is not a prerequisite for the class, the material covered in it is helpful for understanding the course content of Arch 351. Required text: Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman, Architecture, from Prehistory to Postmodernity, Second Edition (New York: H.N. Abrams, 2002).

Class assignments and grading

There will be two tests, two take-home writing assignments, and approximately 215 pages of required readings.

Test responses will be evaluated for accuracy, thoughtfulness and clarity. Assignments will be evaluated for thoroughness, quality of ideas, and clarity of presentation (this can include writing and graphics). Each test and assignment will be given a percentage score. Final percentage grades will be calculated according to the weighting below and then converted to the University’s 4.0 scale using a curve. This means that your final grade will be assessed relative to the performance of the others in this class.

Assignment 1: 20 % of course grade Assignment 2: 20 % of course grade Test 1: 30 % of course grade Test 2: 30 % of course grade


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Brian Mclaren
Date: 12/25/2006