Nov 20, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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GS 1030H - Honors Seminar III

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
Students study architectural aesthetics and physical/temporal characteristics of the city. They will study art works, including music and theater, to discern patterns in the ways cities are represented in art. They will study architecture and analyze the relationships between form and function. In addition, students may study public art, its role in city life, and the discourse surrounding it. Field trips to study the aesthetics of public spaces will be included. Throughout the quarter, students will create and deliver short presentations regarding their reading and research. At the quarter’s end a poster session event, planned by students and open to the public, will present student work discussing the relationships between a city’s ethos and its aesthetics. Students will also design presentation slides and posters that are both aesthetically appealing and rhetorically effective. (prereq: enrollment in the honors program, GS 1020H )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand basic aesthetic principles, including relationships between form and function
  • Become aware of social/civic issues surrounding the aesthetics of designing public spaces
  • Develop awareness of audience in public speaking
  • Prepare and deliver speeches and presentations
  • Design effective slides and develop well-structured slide shows
  • Work as part of a team to plan and stage a public speaking event
  • Design an effective poster and speak to multiple audiences at a poster session event

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Lecture, class discussion, field trips on the rhetoric of public space (4 classes)
  • Class discussions of assigned readings from course text on architectural styles and history (7 classes)
  • Review of rhetorical concepts; instruction, analysis and workshops on public speaking and presentations, including student preparation of slideshow and posters (10 classes)
  • Student speeches/presentations (14 classes)
  • Small group discussions and rhetorical analysis of these discussions by classmates (3 classes)
  • Class discussion of assigned reading from course text on interdisciplinary creative thinking (1 class)
  • Poster session presentation (1 class)

Coordinator
Katherine Wikoff



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