HISTART 194 - First Year Seminar
Section: 002 Cell Spaces: The Architecture of Prison and Sanctuary
Term: WN 2019
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be used to meet the prerequisite requirement for the History of Art major.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In architectural parlance, the cell is a single-unit space intended to house human bodies. Cells require that other operations critical to daily life take place outside of them.The difference between a monk’s cell and a prison cell is one of operation: a monk walks out at will; a prisoner doesn’t. The spaces that constitute both cells might seem eerily similar—even the materials from which they are constructed might be the same. This course studies the difference—teaching students the basics of architectural analysis along with the larger contexts of which buildings are only one part. We focus on the limits and capacities of the built environment, drawing attention to how buildings work, the effect they have on users, and the limits to what they can do. After introducing basic architectural principles, we examine nine case studies in relation to use and context. In tandem with these case studies, we read one substantive text per week, either historical or theoretical,including among our authors theorists such as Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon, and Michel Foucault as well as architectural historians and behavioral psychologists.We hone student writing skills in short weekly reports work shopped with class members. A final project will focus on ADPSR—Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility (https://www.adpsr.org/), The Carceral State Project here at UM (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/carceral-project/), or the Prison Creative Arts Project (https://lsa.umich.edu/pcap/programs.html); in it students will study the spaces of the carceral state. HISTART Concentration Distributions: D. Europe and the US, 3. Early Modern, 4. Modern and Contemporary Textbooks/Other Materials: Course reader available on Canvas

Course Requirements:

Weekly readings; 6 short writings assignments (2 pp.); one final group project

Intended Audience:

Freshman seminar

Class Format:

Biweekly lecture and discussion

HISTART 194 - First Year Seminar
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002 (SEM)
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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