ARCH 566 /AAS 406D

INTERPRETING COMMUNITY:
A CASE STUDY OF CAPE COAST, GHANA

6:00-9:00 TH
Minor 108


FACULTY INSTRUCTORS

Maurice Cox
Assoc. Prof., School of Architecture

Scot French
Assoc. Dir., Carter G. Woodson Institute

TEACHING RESOURCE ASSOCIATES

Gina Haney
Ghana Project Coordinator, US/ICOMOS

Michael Tuite
Director, Digital Media Lab, Robertson Media Center



INTRODUCTION

Through the townscape of Cape Coast, Ghana, we will investigate methods of reading cultural landscapes and challenge assumptions about interpretations of place. The course will unfold against the larger context of the West Coast of Africa and the involvement of Cape Coast and other coastal towns in the history of trade-particularly the enslavement of Africans. This course targets advanced undergraduate and graduate students whose research interests focus on discerning cultural patterns and deciphering expressions of change in the built, natural, and social environments. Using non-traditional sources such as oral testimony, ritual, and performance, students will develop the skills needed for collecting, distilling, and conveying the complexities of community through intensive exposure to Cape Coast. In interdisciplinary teams, students will develop, reformat, and produce interpretations of this place using a variety of digital media.

The course will be taught in a seminar/workshop format and is conceived of as the predecessor to an interdisciplinary student research project for the summer of 2001 in Cape Coast, Ghana. This summer project is contingent upon funding from the United States Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Program and will have an application process independent of the spring seminar.

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REQUIREMENTS 

Requirements include the completion of weekly reading assignments/interpretive exercises, participation in class discussion, weekly journal entries, and a final multimedia product.

Assigned readings and related materials will appear on the course web site.

http://www.virginia.edu/woodson/courses/arch566

Here is where the syllabus will be updated and you can check for reading assignments, study questions, images, and on-grounds related lectures and other activities.

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GRADING

Your grade will be based on the following:

Class Participation

30 %

Throughout semester 

Short Assignments

20 %

Various due dates

Preliminary Presentation

20 %

March 8

Final Presentation

30 %

April 26

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