WIN 2021: BE 210 – A Global History of the Built Environment I

This online course critically examines built environments using a global perspective, beginning with first societies through the 1st millennium CE. The global perspective encourages thinking about history in a transnational and trans-geographical manner that challenges the canonical approach that has generally privileged Western material and master narratives. The course is broadly structured around the concept of “time cuts” that allow for comparisons across regions and cultural formations. It will address a diverse set of sites and structures in an effort to offer a robust presentation of material from both Western and non-Western contexts. Architecture, landscapes, and urban plans constitute the built environments under consideration. As an introductory course, this class is intended to facilitate increased awareness of global history and to serve as an invitation to future study of the built environment.

Daniel Coslett,