Past Course Offerings

Spring 17

 

HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 1890
ARCH 345 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Colman, Scott W.
An in-depth exploration as to why select monuments from Antiquity through the 19th century were 'canonized' in popular imagination and given referential status. Following a case study format, each week will focus on a particular building, built or unbuilt, from both Western and Eastern traditions. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 345 and ARCH 645. (View Registrar Listing)

 

POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION: HOW WE UNDERSTAND "WAR" AND "THE RACIAL OTHER"
SOCI 365/ANTH 365

Instructor: Sharim, Yehuda
Does media show how things really are? This class explores the politics of representation, particularly in times of social mayhem, revolution, and war. Although we will focus primarily on cultural and political representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this class will also put this dispute in comparison with other global events. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HRC PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
HURC 423

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
This research-based course is conducted in partnership with cultural heritage institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 10 hours/week on site with curators, artists, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

FAKES, FORGERIES, AND STOLEN ART
FWIS 155 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
In 1990, two men stole 13 paintings worth an estimated $300 million dollars from the Gardner Museum. The crime remains unsolved, and an estimated 40% of artwork on the market today is either faked or forged. This course will analyze these and other high-profile issues through essays, literature, and film. (View Registrar Listing)

 

BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II
HART 401

Instructor: Manca, Joseph P.
Undergraduate Internship at Bayou Bend and The American Decorative Arts Center of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Must be a Jameson Fellowship recipient to enroll. Credit cannot be earned for HART 401 and HART 604. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY THROUGH GERMAN CINEMA
GERM 122 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Blumenthal-Barby, Martin
The course presents an overview of German history via contemporary German feature films from World War I, through the Weimar and Nazi periods, the postwar years as a Divided Germany into East and West and finally a look at the new generation in Post-unification Germany. Taught in English. All films are subtitled in English. This course is limited to first year students only, any others will be removed from this course. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
ARCH 323

Instructor: Ames, Daisy
Small, focused, discussion, workshop and/or design based courses on topics of recent research in architecture, delivered by RSA full time or visiting faculty. Each section is a different seminar topic. This seminar series is open to RSA undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other departments may enroll in the course with instructor permission. See our website for more information: arch.rice.edu/courses. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SPATIAL HUMANITIES
HURC 432

Instructor: Adelusi Adeluyi, Ademide
This course will trace the social and urban evolution of a city as it existed and as it was often imagined. views created by artists, maps by historical cartographers, and ground-floor plans by architects (from iconographic, cartographic and architectural archives) will be located in both time and space while their associated visual and spatial data will be integrated across digital platforms. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

GLOBALIZING MUSEUM HISTORY
HIST 244

Instructor: Ward, Kerry R.
Examining museums in global history gives critical insight into their present role in society. Museums were sites of identity at local, regional, national, imperial and global levels. The collection and display of objects allowed communities, states, and empires to use cultural heritage, history, and science to interpret the past. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE CHEMISTRY OF ART
CHEM 176 Distribution Group III

Instructor: Whitmire, Kenton H.
The chemistry of the materials and methods used to create, conserve and authenticate art objects will be presented. Topics will include sculpture, painting, photography, textiles, jewelry, furniture, etc. Taught in conjunction with the Conservation Department and Staff of the MFAH. Some classes will be held at the MFAH or HMNS. (View Registrar Listing)

 


 

Fall 16

 

THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
ANTH 345 Distribution Group II

Instructor: McIntosh, Susan K.
An examination of the way that archaeological evidence of the past has been used and viewed by particular groups at different times. Using case studies, the course considers issues of gender, race, Eurocentrism, political domination and legitimacy that emerge from critical analysis of representations of the past by archaeologists, museums, and collectors. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 345 and ANTH 545. (View Registrar Listing)

 

EXHIBITION DESIGN
ARTS 378

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
This course will explore the world of museums and galleries through exhibition design. Students will study the curatorial process and exhibition preparation including concept development, educational goals, budget, installation, and publicity. Discussions, workshops, museum visits, and guest lectures will provide students the opportunity to gain practical experience in museum/gallery work. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSEUM CURATORIAL STUDIES
HART 297

Instructor: Levy-Thiebaut, Aimee E.
Special Topics class taught by visiting Curators from the MFAH. FA 2016: Intro to Islamic Art at the MFAH: This course explores the dynamic, multifaceted character of Islamic art and architecture across the globe. Travel from Spain to India studying original art at the Museum of Fine Arts. Gain understanding of the historical, religious, social, craft, and visual contexts of the art. Credit cannot be earned for HART 297 and HART 597. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANTIQUITY TO GOTHIC
HART 101 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Hopkins, John
A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Antiquity through the 15th century. Students will also attend a one-hour weekly tutorial with a teaching assistant. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HRC PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
HURC 423

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
This research-based course is conducted in partnership with cultural heritage institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 10 hours/week on site with curators, artists, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
ANTH 205 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
An introduction to the elementary concepts of the discipline through a series of case studies. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY & THEORY I (INTRO)
ARCH 225 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Geiser, Reto
This introductory course exposes student's issues and debates that have driven architects and theorists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is structured around a sequence of fourteen themes that have recurred as major issues throughout architectural history. Focusing on topics, ranging from representation, to media, to politics, urbanity, or the environment, teach theme is presented as a debate between differing viewpoints, in order to expose the positions that have motivated both theory and practice. In weekly discussion sections, we will be analyzing buildings and discussing canonical texts. These sections provide opportunities for students to develop their own positions on the issues debated, and to refine their ability to make arguments. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 225 and ARCH 525. (View Registrar Listing)

 

FAKES, FORGERIES, AND STOLEN ART
FWIS 155 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
In 1990, two men stole 13 paintings worth an estimated $300 million dollars from the Gardner Museum. The crime remains unsolved, and an estimated 40% of artwork on the market today is either faked or forged. This course will analyze these and other high-profile issues through essays, literature, and film. (View Registrar Listing)

 

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
ANTH 324/FILM 327 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Stringer, Tish M.
Study of the expressive possibilities of documentary production using digital systems. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
ARCH 323

Instructor: Finley, Dawn M.
Small, focused, discussion, workshop and/or design based courses on topics of recent research in architecture, delivered by RSA full time or visiting faculty. Each section is a different seminar topic. This seminar series is open to RSA undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other departments may enroll in the course with instructor permission. See our website for more information: arch.rice.edu/courses. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

 


 

Spring 16

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES
ANTH 362 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
Methods used in fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and interpretation of archaeological data from a local site excavated by the class. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 362 and ANTH 562. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

COLLECTING ART: PERSPECTIVES OF ARTISTS, PATRONS, AND MUSEUMS
FWIS 134 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
This course explores the interconnected roles of artists, the individuals who buy artwork, and the institutions charged with preserving and displaying it. The history of art collecting and patronage will be discussed as students explore the function of museums, the art market, and public and private collections. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE CHEMISTRY OF ART
CHEM 176 Distribution Group III

Instructor: Whitmire, Kenton H.
The chemistry of the materials and methods used to create, conserve and authenticate art objects will be presented. Topics will include sculpture, painting, photography, textiles, jewelry, furniture, etc. Taught in conjunction with the Conservation Department and Staff of the MFAH. Some classes will be held at the MFAH or HMNS. (View Registrar Listing)

 

PLACE AND MEMORY IN MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN CINEMA
HART 391/ANTH 391

Instructor: Hamadeh, Shirine T.
Focuses on cinematic explorations of and preoccupations with the notion of place. Screenings include iconic and lesser - known films from Europe and the Middle East that offer diverse lenses and contexts (love, family, landscapes, borders, trauma, exile) through which we will examine questions of real and imagined place and the politics of memory. Credit cannot be earned for HART 391/ANTH 391 and HART 691. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
ARCH 323

Instructor: Colopy, Andrew K.
Small, focused, discussion, workshop and/or design based courses on topics of recent research in architecture, delivered by RSA full time or visiting faculty. Each section is a different seminar topic. This seminar series is open to RSA undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other departments may enroll in the course with instructor permission. See our website for more information: arch.rice.edu/courses. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II
HART 401

Instructor: Neagley, Linda
Undergraduate Internship at Bayou Bend and The American Decorative Arts Center of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Must be a Jameson Fellowship recipient to enroll. Credit cannot be earned for HART 401 and HART 604. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HRC PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
HURC 423

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
This practice-based course is conducted in partnership with cultural heritage institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 5-10 hours/week on site with curators, artists, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: ARTS OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AT THE MENIL COLLECTION
HART 312

Instructor: Hopkins, John
An introduction to issues specific to the acquisition, collection maintenance, display and publication of arts from the ancient Mediterranean, and to the civic engagement and operation of a small, important collection, specifically the Menil collection. Undergraduate students will be taught about the practices of research in a museum environment and will develop knowledge about curatorship. Credit cannot be earned for HART 312 and HART 540. (View Registrar Listing)

 

EXHIBITION DESIGN
ARTS 378

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
This course will explore the world of museums and galleries through exhibition design. Students will study the curatorial process and exhibition preparation including concept development, educational goals, budget, installation, and publicity. Discussions, workshops, museum visits, and guest lectures will provide students the opportunity to gain practical experience in museum/gallery work. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 1890
ARCH 345 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Colman, Scott W.
An in-depth exploration as to why select monuments from Antiquity through the 19th century were 'canonized' in popular imagination and given referential status. Following a case study format, each week will focus on a particular building, built or unbuilt, from both Western and Eastern traditions. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 345 and ARCH 645. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY
GERM 351 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Oesmann, Astrid
This course traces and examines forms of Holocaust memory and memorialization in film, literature, art, architecture, city planning, museums, and memorials in Germany. For an additional credit hour, students will participate in a week-long trip to Berlin. (View Registrar Listing)


 

Fall 15

 

WRITING ARCHAEOLOGY: INTERPRETING THE PAST FOR THE ACADEMY AND THE PUBLIC
FWIS 140 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
This course introduces academic and popular forms of archaeological writing and the evidence and arguments they use. It will focus on crucial skills to both analyze the quality of popular presentations of archaeology and explore the challenges that archaeologists face in making the research understandable to a broader audience. (View Registrar Listing)

 

COLLECTING ART: PERSPECTIVES OF ARTISTS, PATRONS, AND MUSEUMS
FWIS 134 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
This course explores the interconnected roles of artists, the individuals who buy artwork, and the institutions charged with preserving and displaying it. The history of art collecting and patronage will be discussed as students explore the function of museums, the art market, and public and private collections. (View Registrar Listing)

 

CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION
HART 359

Instructor: Hamadeh, Shirine T.
This seminar examines cinematic engagements with urban spaces and experiences around the world spanning the last two centuries. Particular attention will be paid to issues of migration, marginality, colonialism, war and post-war, nostalgia and memory, race and gender. Cities of focus include Berlin, Istanbul, Moscow, Algiers, Beirut and Paris. Our weekly discussions of individual films will be grounded in critical writings of the cities' histories and theories of space and film. Credit cannot be earned for HART 359 and HART 659. (View Registrar Listing)

 

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
ANTH 324/FILM 327 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Stringer, Tish M.
Study of the expressive possibilities of documentary production using digital systems. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
ARCH 323

Instructor: Hight, Charles C.
Small, focused, discussion, workshop and/or design based courses on topics of recent research in architecture, delivered by RSA full time or visiting faculty. Each section is a different seminar topic. This seminar series is open to RSA undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other departments may enroll in the course with instructor permission. See our website for more information: arch.rice.edu/courses. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION: HOW WE UNDERSTAND "WAR" AND "THE RACIAL OTHER"
SOCI 365/ANTH 365

Instructor: Sharim, Yehuda
Does media show how things really are? This class explores the politics of representation, particularly in times of social mayhem, revolution, and war. Although we will focus primarily on cultural and political representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this class will also put this dispute in comparison with other global events. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
ANTH 205 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
An introduction to the elementary concepts of the discipline through a series of case studies. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY & THEORY I (INTRO)
ARCH 225 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Geiser, Reto
This introductory course exposes student's issues and debates that have driven architects and theorists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is structured around a sequence of fourteen themes that have recurred as major issues throughout architectural history. Focusing on topics, ranging from representation, to media, to politics, urbanity, or the environment, teach theme is presented as a debate between differing viewpoints, in order to expose the positions that have motivated both theory and practice. In weekly discussion sections, we will be analyzing buildings and discussing canonical texts. These sections provide opportunities for students to develop their own positions on the issues debated, and to refine their ability to make arguments. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 225 and ARCH 525. (View Registrar Listing)

 

MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: EXHIBITING ART, EXHIBITING CULTURE
ANTH 341/HURC 341

Instructor: McIntosh, Susan K.
A wide-ranging introduction to museum studies with a particular focus on the collection and exhibition of cultural heritage materials. We will examine how heritage objects are displayed and represented in museums of art, natural historical history, and heritage. Topics include looking and ethics of collecting, policies of display, changing roles for museums; exhibition design and curatorial practice. (View Registrar Listing)

 


Spring 15

 

THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
ANTH 345 Distribution Group II

Instructor: McIntosh, Susan K.
An examination of the way that archaeological evidence of the past has been used and viewed by particular groups at different times. Using case studies, the course considers issues of gender, race, Eurocentrism, political domination and legitimacy that emerge from critical analysis of representations of the past by archaeologists, museums, and collectors. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 345 and ANTH 545. (View Registrar Listing)

 

BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II
HART 401

Instructor: Neagley, Linda
Internship at Bayou Bend and The American Decorative Arts Center of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Must be a Jameson Fellowship recipient to enroll. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 1890
ARCH 345 Distribution Group I

Instructor: McIntosh, Susan K.
An in-depth exploration as to why select monuments from Antiquity through the 19th century were 'canonized' in popular imagination and given referential status. Following a case study format, each week will focus on a particular building, built or unbuilt, from both Western and Eastern traditions. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 345 and ARCH 645. (View Registrar Listing)

 

COLLECTING ART: PERSPECTIVES OF ARTISTS, PATRONS, AND MUSEUMS
FWIS 134 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
This course explores the interconnected roles of artists, the individuals who buy artwork, and the institutions charged with preserving and displaying it. The history of art collecting and patronage will be discussed as students explore the function of museums, the art market, and public and private collections. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE
ANTH 303 Distribution Group II

Instructor: McIntosh, Susan K.
This course focuses on methods of scientific analysis applied to archaeological materials, including bone, stone, pottery, glass, and metal. Methods conclude absolute dating, mineral petrography, experimental archaeology, elemental and isotopic analysis, and ancient DNA. Labs offer hands-on experience with various archaeological materials and analytical methods. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ANTH 205 (View Registrar Listing)

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES
ANTH 362 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
Methods used in fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and interpretation of archaeological data from a local site excavated by the class. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 362 and ANTH 562. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE CHEMISTRY OF ART
CHEM 176 Distribution Group III

Instructor: Whitmire, Kenton H.
The chemistry of the materials and methods used to create, conserve and authenticate art objects will be presented. Topics will include sculpture, painting, photography, textiles, jewelry, furniture, etc. Taught in conjunction with the Conservation Department and Staff of the MFAH. Some classes will be held at the MFAH or HMNS. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
ARCH 323

Instructor: Colopy, Andrew K.
Small, focused, discussion, workshop and/or design based courses on topics of recent research in architecture, delivered by RSA full time or visiting faculty. Each section is a different seminar topic. This seminar series is open to RSA undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other departments may enroll in the course with instructor permission. See our website for more information: arch.rice.edu/courses. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSEUM CURATORIAL STUDIES
HART 297

Instructor: Levy-Thiebaut, Aimee E.
Special Topics class taught by visiting Curators from the MFAH. SP 2015: Intro to Islamic Art at the MFAH: This course explores the dynamic, multifaceted character of Islamic art and architecture across the globe. Travel from Spain to India studying original art at the Museum of Fine Arts. Gain understanding of the historical, religious, social, craft, and visual contexts of the art. Credit cannot be earned for HART 297 and HART 597. (View Registrar Listing)


 

Fall 14

 

LATIN AMERICAN LIVES
FWIS 155 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Shumway, Nicolas
The course will examine pivotal moments and topics in Latin American history as seen through the lives of some of the region's key players. Readings will include short articles, excerpts from books, and films. (View Registrar Listing)

 

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
ANTH 324/FILM 327 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Stringer, Tish M.
Study of the expressive possibilities of documentary production using digital systems. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. (View Registrar Listing)

 

COLLECTING ART: PERSPECTIVES OF ARTISTS, PATRONS, AND MUSEUMS
FWIS 134 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
This course explores the interconnected roles of artists, the individuals who buy artwork, and the institutions charged with preserving and displaying it. The history of art collecting and patronage will be discussed as students explore the function of museums, the art market, and public and private collections. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
ARCH 323

Instructor: Vassallo Fernandez, Jesus
Small, focused, discussion, workshop and/or design based courses on topics of recent research in architecture, delivered by RSA full time or visiting faculty. Each section is a different seminar topic. This seminar series is open to RSA undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other departments may enroll in the course with instructor permission. See our website for more information: arch.rice.edu/courses. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY THROUGH GERMAN CINEMA
GERM 122 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Blumenthal-Barby, Martin
The course presents an overview of German history via contemporary German feature films from World War I, through the Weimar and Nazi periods, the postwar years as a Divided Germany into East and West and finally a look at the new generation in Post-unification Germany. Taught in English. All films are subtitled in English. This course is limited to first year students only, any others will be removed from this course. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
ANTH 205 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
An introduction to the elementary concepts of the discipline through a series of case studies. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY & THEORY I (INTRO)
ARCH 225 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Geiser, Reto
This introductory course exposes student's issues and debates that have driven architects and theorists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is structured around a sequence of fourteen themes that have recurred as major issues throughout architectural history. Focusing on topics, ranging from representation, to media, to politics, urbanity, or the environment, teach theme is presented as a debate between differing viewpoints, in order to expose the positions that have motivated both theory and practice. In weekly discussion sections, we will be analyzing buildings and discussing canonical texts. These sections provide opportunities for students to develop their own positions on the issues debated, and to refine their ability to make arguments. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 225 and ARCH 525. (View Registrar Listing)

 

POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION: HOW WE UNDERSTAND "WAR" AND "THE RACIAL OTHER"
SOCI 365/ANTH 365

Instructor: Sharim, Yehuda
Does media show how things really are? This class explores the politics of representation, particularly in times of social mayhem, revolution, and war. Although we will focus primarily on cultural and political representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this class will also put this dispute in comparison with other global events. (View Registrar Listing)

 


 

Spring 14

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES
ANTH 362 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
Methods used in fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and interpretation of archaeological data from a local site excavated by the class. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 362 and ANTH 562. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION
ANTH 308 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Faubion, James D.
Explores ideas of history and attitudes toward the past as culturally conditioned phenomena. Emphasizes history as a statement of cultural values as well as conceptualizations of cause, change, time, and reality. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 308 and ANTH 508. (View Registrar Listing)

 

DIGITAL HISTORY METHODS
HIST 318

Instructor: McDaniel, William C.
Explores the use of computers and new media to conduct historical research and communicate its results. While working on their own digital projects, students will consider questions like: How should history be written in the age of Google? How will historians deal with primary sources like tweets and blogs? (View Registrar Listing)

 

CONTESTED GEOGRAPHIES
SOCI 379

Instructor: Sharim, Yehuda
Examines local and globally mediated formations of ethnic and racial identities. Explores the history of racial categories and focuses on the ways transnational communities are altered through contact with "homelands." Particular attention is given to "Arab-Jewish," "Palestinian," "Black," and "Latino" diasporic communities in Israel/Palestine and the USA. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 1890
ARCH 345 Distribution Group I

Instructor: El-Dahdah, Fares
An in-depth exploration as to why select monuments from Antiquity through the 19th century were 'canonized' in popular imagination and given referential status. Following a case study format, each week will focus on a particular building, built or unbuilt, from both Western and Eastern traditions. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 345 and ARCH 645. (View Registrar Listing)

 

BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II
HART 401

Instructor: Manca, Joseph P.
Internship at Bayou Bend and The American Decorative Arts Center of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Must be a Jameson Fellowship recipient to enroll. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
ARCH 323

Instructor: Parsons, Spencer W.
Small, focused, discussion, workshop and/or design based courses on topics of recent research in architecture, delivered by RSA full time or visiting faculty. Each section is a different seminar topic. This seminar series is open to RSA undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other departments may enroll in the course with instructor permission. See our website for more information: arch.rice.edu/courses. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE CHEMISTRY OF ART
CHEM 176 Distribution Group III

Instructor: Whitmire, Kenton H.
The chemistry of the materials and methods used to create, conserve and authenticate art objects will be presented. Topics will include sculpture, painting, photography, textiles, jewelry, furniture, etc. Taught in conjunction with the Conservation Department and Staff of the MFAH. Some classes will be held at the MFAH or HMNS. (View Registrar Listing)

 

TECHNICAL ART HISTORY: STUDYING THE TECHNIQUES OF WESTERN PAINTING, 13TH-20TH CENTURIES
HART 307

Instructor: Wolfthal, Diane B.
Art historians, especially in the United States, tend to rely on photographs, but a study of the actual object is invaluable in studying works of art. This course aims to inform students about the technical study of art, which in the last fifty years has become a major field of research. Most classes will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, or other Houston collections. Credit cannot be earned for HART 307 and HART 549. (View Registrar Listing)

 


 

Fall 13

 

THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
ANTH 345 Distribution Group II

Instructor: McIntosh, Susan K.
An examination of the way that archaeological evidence of the past has been used and viewed by particular groups at different times. Using case studies, the course considers issues of gender, race, Eurocentrism, political domination and legitimacy that emerge from critical analysis of representations of the past by archaeologists, museums, and collectors. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 345 and ANTH 545. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANTIQUITY TO GOTHIC
HART 101 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Neagley, Linda
A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Antiquity through the 15th century. Students will also attend a one-hour weekly tutorial with a teaching assistant. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
ANTH 205 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
An introduction to the elementary concepts of the discipline through a series of case studies. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY & THEORY I (INTRO)
ARCH 225 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Geiser, Reto
This introductory course exposes student's issues and debates that have driven architects and theorists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is structured around a sequence of fourteen themes that have recurred as major issues throughout architectural history. Focusing on topics, ranging from representation, to media, to politics, urbanity, or the environment, teach theme is presented as a debate between differing viewpoints, in order to expose the positions that have motivated both theory and practice. In weekly discussion sections, we will be analyzing buildings and discussing canonical texts. These sections provide opportunities for students to develop their own positions on the issues debated, and to refine their ability to make arguments. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 225 and ARCH 525. (View Registrar Listing)

 

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
ANTH 324/FILM 327

Instructor: Stringer, Tish M.
Study of the expressive possibilities of documentary production using digital systems. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. (View Registrar Listing)

 

RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY
HIST 366 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Metcalf, Alida C.
The development of Rio de Janeiro from a colonial capital to an Olympic host with emphasis on the peoples of the city and evolution of the urban panorama. (View Registrar Listing)