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Arch 6101
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Arch 6101 History and Theory of Human Settlements 3 Credit
The lecture-based module provides the students with a general introduction to the history and theory of human settlements. Being theoretically informed, students attain a higher-level analytical skill to comprehend the spatio-physical growth pattern of human settlements. The development of a given society is a complex process and it is best understood by examining both the history of and conceptual elements behind the development of a given settlement. This module hence offers an opportunity to examine these historical and theoretical aspects with a focus on both local and global contexts. Through this module, students learn how to appreciate the key factors influencing human settlement development. Module content includes lectures on the history of human settlements and also on current theories in relation with settlement planning, design, and sustainability.
Arch 6103 Architectural Anthropology 3 Credit
This module covers both theories and methods of architectural anthropology. As an underdeveloped yet potential disciplinary area, it explores the theories and methods of anthropology in ways which could benefit the study of the evolution of the built environment and hence the understanding of the transformation of human settlements. For having an 'in-depth' nature, this module offers students ample scopes to critically look at the built environment (form and space) in relation with the manifold forces, including the natural, social, political, economic and religious/spiritual ones. Different ethnographic and archaeological tools and techniques relevant to the study of built environments are also discussed off.
Arch 6105 Place, Power and Identity 3 Credit
The course introduces issues of place, identity, territory and power. It covers the key theories of identity and also creative and official representations of places and of peoples. The course investigates the crisis of place and identity generated by modernity and global capitalism. It explores the re-presentations, negotiations and contestations over places and identities at various scales. The course analyzes different theoretical framework (feminist, poststructuralist and postcolonial) about place, power and identity. This course explores the relationships between unequal accesses to economic, political and cultural resources and the construction of identities, both individual and societal. It investigates the ways in which people and place are constructed through discourse. It also analyzes through case studies how 'place', 'power' and 'identity' are mutually constitutive.
Arch 6201 Methods of Rural and Urban Design 3 Credit
This is a foundation module for students interested in basic literacy of urban and rural design. It acts as an entry point to the field of spatial design from which students can build deeper knowledge and praxis with further coursework and research. This module explores the possibility of modern and contemporary theories and their application in the architectural design process of rural and urban areas. It covers major historical and contemporary trends in rural and urban design theory and practice, and also introduces emerging theories pertaining to the development and functioning of these regions. It focuses on the key theories, concepts, techniques and tools necessary for the morphological analysis of rural and urban spatial environments. The module highlights the need for a collaborative, interactive, applied and community-based design and planning process. Generally, it is a classroom lecture-based module, although course assessment involves hands-on application of the theories through the morphological
Arch 6203 Research Methodology 3 Credit
This course introduces students to a number of research methods useful for academic and professional investigations of information practices, texts and technologies. By examining the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions, this course permits an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting (and executing) a research methodology, as well as a critically informed assessment of published research. It will also discuss mixed method approaches, case studies, participatory and user-centered research, as well as research involving minors.
Arch 6205 Research Methods for Built Environment Studies 3 Credit
An intensive course in research methods for built environmental analysis. Topics include how to frame research questions, set objectives, establish hypotheses, engage methodologies, produce literature reviews, organize fieldwork, and present findings. The course offers an overview of the different approaches, considerations and challenges involved in built environmental studies. In addition to reviewing conventional research methods, it will explore methods used in advanced built environmental analysis. Basic concepts of built environment and its relationships to the contemporary urban context will also be explored.
Arch 6301 Human Settlement and Development Issues 3 Credit
The course critically examines the concepts and theories of development and the process of development planning. It analyses the strategies and development policies in third world and its influence on human settlement. The topic investigates the global issues and its impact on human settlement. The topic reinvestigates the concepts of urban and rural borderline. The course focuses on the climate change, environmental, socio-cultural and economic aspects of urban and rural settlement pattern. It also explores the settlement policies (urban / rural / informal) under different socio-economic spectrums and sustainable human settlement development policies around the world.
Arch 6303 Rural-Urban Settlement System 0.75 Credit
Rural and urban are inseparable categories particularly in the socio-cultural-economic-spatial realities of the developing nations. Whereas cities in these nations assume qualities of rural areas in many ways, the opposite is also frequent. In the interest of architecture and planning, this course therefore offers theories, ideas and empirical examples that help students to understand this interconnected nature of these two apparently opposite spatial categories. The key intension of this module is to outline a possible framework, that include a systematic understanding of this settlement system in the light of theories, and formulation of methods applicable for the architectural design and planning of and within such settlements.
Arch 6305 Housing Policy and Finance 0.75 Credit
This course offers an introduction to theories and concepts relevant to housing. It critically examines housing policies and the role of state and market under different political economies. The course analyzes the structures and processes in different national housing systems, housing production process and the role of major actors. The course also examines housing affordability concepts and factors under different socio-economic spectrum. It analyses housing subsidy options under different political economies. The course focuses on International and local perspectives on key aspects of housing finance. It examines the positions of international agencies, governments, banks, developers, civic organizations/civil society and end-users. The course reviews international shifts in housing policy since the 1960s, in light of housing policies of Bangladesh and other developing countries.
Arch 6307 Housing Policy and Program in Developing Countries 0.75 Credit
The course critically examines housing policies; the role of the state, its relation to the other agents and actors involved in housing production and provision; and the levels and instruments of public intervention in housing in developing countries. The course also explores the substantial changes that have taken place in housing policy over the last few decades with particular reference to Bangladesh context.
Arch 6309 Human Settlement, Planning and Sustainability 0.75 Credit
This course will address sustainability theory and applications in human settlement planning. The course focuses on the climate change, environmental, socio-cultural and economic issues. It also explores best practices in sustainable human settlement planning from around the world.
Arch 6311 Informal Sector Housing 3 Credit
This course introduces the basic concepts of urbanization, migration and housing. The course focuses on informal-formal continuum; reasons for lack of affordable housing in developing cities; urban housing question in relation to the informal sector; housing market in developing countries; failure of housing supply system; housing tenure, housing need and affordability of urban poor. The course also explores pro poor growth and poverty alleviation policies, role of different stakeholders in informal sector housing. It examine the concepts that are currently applied in housing and urban poverty, including sustainability, livelihoods, assets and vulnerability, autonomy, exclusion, governance, participation, enablement. The course compares strategies in informal sector housing provision in Bangladesh as well as other Asian cities.
Arch 6401 History and Theory of Urban Design 3 Credit
The course provides a general introduction to the history and theory of urban design. The content of the lecture series varies to some extent from year to year, to reflect the evolution of design studio topics, but it typically includes lectures on the history of urbanism (focusing on the last 100 years and particularly on contemporary developments) and on current theories related to urban design, such as space syntax, generative systems and theories related to the issue of sustainability.
Arch 6403 Urban and Rural Place Studies 3 Credit
The course explores contemporary theory and practice in the field of place making in urban and rural context. Topics include methods and techniques used in the study of places, focusing on epistemology debates, philosophical concerns, and cultural determinants in different context. Basic concepts and elements of place making and their sitting design in urban and rural settings will be explored.
Arch 6505 Landscape Ecology and Design 3 Credit
This course introduces the basic principles, theories and processes of landscape ecology. It explores the complex integration of social, cultural, ecological and economic systems in the built environment. The course examines the implementation of environmental conservation policies and strategies based on a landscape ecology approach. It focuses on exploring design approaches of landscape ecology to mitigate/adapt the impact of climate change.
Arch 6601 Cultural heritage in the digital age 3 Credit
Pervasive media and technology means that shifts in the digital landscape are no longer based on-screen but are integrated into everyday life and the very fabric of urban and rural environments and institutions. Heritage in this strand refers to institutions, lived and placed environments and the cultural interactions with them. This module explores the extent of such interactions, and consequent understandings and productions of heritage, which have been altered by the digital technologies. As this stage we need to re-conceptualize heritage in the digital age, as something that is mobile, global, flowing and related to content, technologies, codes and software, but is also embedded into wider cultural sectors and processes.
Arch 6603 Heritage Interpretation 3 Credit
This module provides a brief understanding of 'heritage interpretation' through introducing interpretive principles, planning, practice and evaluation, including an assessment of the characteristics, opportunities, constraints and issues associated with various interpretive theoretical models. Guidelines and charters from ICOMOS and UNESCO on presentation and interpretation of heritage will be studied to focus on developing a range of specific skills associated with best practice in interpretation and communication of natural and cultural heritage. The emerging trends of using digital media and technologies in interpreting heritage will also be discussed from the viewpoint of both heritage managers and visitors.
Arch 6605 Topics in Heritage Conservation 3 Credit
The principal aims of the unit are to develop an understanding of the history and theoretical basis of the development if the idea and practice of conservation from Classical times to the present, and to interpret and apply those theories of practice in practical, on-site projects. This module focuses on culturally significant structures and cultural landscapes and includes: methods of survey and documentation (locating, describing and recording components with possible heritage value; identifying and reading historic fabric; historic and archival research methods; thematic history methods; pattern recognition; natural systems; settlements; cultural mapping; aesthetic analysis; material and stylistic analysis); evaluation methodology (assigning heritage significance); assessment methodology (establishing conservation priorities); and appropriate conservation actions (conservation and management plans, policies and strategies). At the end of the module the student will successfully demonstrate: an understandin
Arch 6703 Space Syntax Approach to Settlement Planning and Design 3 Credit
The theory module provides general introduction to social logic and concepts of space syntax approach. The course introduces the principles, methodologies, technology and applications of syntactic tools in settlement studies. It includes tutorials to provide hands-on instruction in the use of 'Depthmap' spatial analysis software and a spatial layout design exercise to generate design proposals for a given site. By the end of this course students will have developed a basic understanding of space syntax concepts, principles, methodologies, technology and applications in planning and design practice.
Arch 6705 Serious Games & Learning Media 3 Credit
New and emerging media, interactive digital media, games and serious games for learning are being used to inform, educate, train, persuade, influence and change. Their immediacy, accessibility and portability could complement existing teaching tools, methods and resources, and do so economically, reaching students in all communities, including the underrepresented and underprivileged. This module will provide an appreciation of the increasing emergence of interactive learning media, games and serious games for purpose, the current trends in their development and use, and the social, cultural and ethical considerations in their wide adoption.
Arch 6707 Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) 3 Credit
The sessional module allows students to gain an overview of GIS so as analyze and manage spatial data in all forms and at multiple scales. The foundational course in GIS introduces necessary terms and concepts, available systems, data sources, and design and policy decisions that must be addressed prior to implementation. Through lectures and hands-on experience with ArcGIS Version 10, this course will provide students with practical knowledge of GIS and a concrete sense of the planning and design work involved in using GIS.
Arch 6709 Emerging Media Interaction Design 3 Credit
Concentrates on issues related to, and methods for, the design and analysis of emerging interactive digital media with focus on a human-computer interaction (HCI) perspective. It provides students with knowledge and skills to compare, critique and apply traditional and emerging methodologies with focus on user-centered design, experience-centered design and activity-centered design The module explores technological developments and trends in interactive digital media supporting a variety of activities from entertainment, education, artistic creation, communication, mobile to work-related and provides an appreciation of the impact of interactive digital media over individual, societal and cultural activities, and how our social and cultural environment and activities can inform design.
Arch 6711 Intermediate Statistics 3 Credit
This course offers how to use correlation analysis, regression analysis, analysis of variance and covariance to address social questions. Using real data as a catalyst, this course discusses how to formulate research questions; select appropriate statistical techniques; conduct necessary calculations; examine assumptions; interpret results; identify rival explanations; and summarize findings in a convincing argument. Computer-based statistical analyses are an integral part of the course.
Arch 6801 ISM 3 Credit
Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module (ISM) is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Architecture and Human Settlements in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, program of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head's and/or supervisor's approval for the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.