Taubman College

Course List

Term Winter 2012
Class ARCH 506
Class Title Architectural Ethics
Description This course is an introduction to ethics for architects and allied professionals who will soon be practicing in a complex, multicultural world. While the topic is focused, the theoretical spectrum is multifaceted, and the scope of application is extensive. We will first build a foundational knowledge in philosophical ethics through a text written for professionals. As we progress to deeper levels of understanding, we’ll explore a multidisciplinary array of practice dilemmas, from timeless to urgently current. Through a series of case studies from across the country and globe, we’ll examine a variety of practice realms, topics and applications, including: architecture and engineering; design advocacy; politics and planning; historic preservation; environmentalism and sustainability; design business; and global practices. Weekly seminar sessions will include lectures, student presentations, and class discussions, as drawn from a mix of readings, scholar/practitioner guests, video documentaries and film art. Course requirements include a paper in philosophical ethics, a paper in applied ethics, and a sustained participation in class discussion. Paper topics may include a relevant, new line of inquiry into a studio project or research problem, current or past, with permission of instructor.
Prereq graduate standing
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective Yes
Meets Wednesday 1:00-4:00pm 2227 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Eric Hill
Syllabus Arch506_Hill_Winter12.pdf