HIST 693: Historic Preservation

HIST 693-001: Historic Preservation
(Spring 2020)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R

Mason Global Center (formerly Mason Inn Hotel) 1405

Section Information for Spring 2020

This course is designed to introduce students to the history, theory, and current issues of preservation practice in the U.S. and beyond. We will explore theories of what, how, and why we preserve, within the context of the evolution of the field of historic preservation. The focus will be on the basics and on providing as large and varied a framework for understanding current preservation practice and issues as possible in one semester. The course is centered around weekly class meetings that consist of brief lectures and seminar discussions on assigned readings. Writing exercises will be stressed. The goals are to:  Explore the foundations of preservation; Investigate theories of preservation; Gain exposure to a wide and diverse range of practice and debate in the field; and Enable students to begin to form their own framework and understanding of preservation as they prepare to become leaders in the field. We will explore the historical roots of preservation and describe the modern, broad field of preservation in terms of individuals, societies, and cultures and their relationships to the built environment and cultural landscape. We will emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of the preservation field, and the public nature of its practice.  We will focus on how laws, regulations, policy, and guidance impact the preservation movement today.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

General introduction to historic preservation in the United States, intended for interested citizen and to assist students in course and career choices. Explores development, present state, and future possibilities of historic preservation in the United States, with some reference to international aspects of preservation. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of U.S. history or permission of department.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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