The Social and Cultural Basis of Design
General Catalog Course Title:
The Social and Cultural Basis of Design
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Fall 2015
Fall 2014
Course Thread: 
Human-Centered Design
Cranz, Galen


This course focuses on the significance of the physical environment for citizens and future design professionals. This course is an introduction to the field of human-environment studies, taught from an American Cultures perspective. Its objectives include: 1) being able to use the concepts in person-environment relations, 2) understanding how these concepts vary by subculture, primarily Anglo-, Hispanic-, and Chinese-American, 3) learning to use the methodological skills needed to conduct architectural programming and evaluation research, 4) thinking critically about the values embedded in design and the consequences for people, their behavior, and feelings.


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