A Global History of Architecture

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Type

Course

Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Platform

edX

Cost

Free (certificate fee: USD$ 49, optional)

Available in

English

Description*

This online course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) describes humanity’s rich architectural history around the globe--from 100,000 BCE to ca. 1,600 CE. It is hosted by edX, an online education platform.

This course in architectural history is not intended as a linear narrative, but rather aims to provide a more global view, by focusing on different architectural "moments." Each lecture analyzes a particular architectural transformation arising from a dynamic cultural situation. Material covered in lectures will be supplemented by readings from the textbook titled, 'A Global History of Architecture.'

Among the course outcomes are:

  • History and context of the important buildings that shaped our culture
  • History of technological advances that significantly impacted the development of architecture
  • Impacts of certain cultural and religious traditions on architecture
  • History of climate and geographical changes that shaped human civilization and its architecture