Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
History, Urban Studies and Planning
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course has the following learning goals:
1. learn to know historical urban patterns and meanings.
2. learn to identify the relation between urban patterns and architectural monuments.
3. learn to read plans of cities and architectural monuments.
4. learn to make a visual and spatial analysis of a city.
5. practice to compare urban patterns and relate them to social, political and religious ideas.
6. practice in writing an essay of academic structure and level, following a specific stylesheet (VU Department of Art and Culture).
In this course students learn the history and meaning (social, political, religious) of patterns and elements of urban form, and of their principal architectural monuments. The examples that will be discussed cover the entire world and go back until the first millennium BC.
Lectures, excursion, individual research / self study. 100% attendance is required. Whoever misses the first meeting might be expelled from the course.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Final grade: between 0 and 10.
The course is not aimed at designers and does not teach one ‘how to design a city’. It is aimed at theoretical reflection about the history and functioning of cities. If you are not a humanities student, or do not have affinity with the scientific historical discipline, you are advised to choose another course.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Some courses may require additional fees.