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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2006

ANS 391 • Urban Space and Place in East Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29840 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
UTC 3.120
THOMAS, J.

Course Description

Using a variety of sources, including film and advertizements, as well as ethnography, this course will examine recent developments in urban Korea, Japan, and China. We will focus on recent changes in built space (e.g. malls, plazas, and fashion centers) and how these have shaped contemporary society and culture. In particular, we will be concerned with identifying and assessing patterns of development across East Asia. How do Korea, Japan, and China compare in terms of urban structure and design? Is there a pattern? What is distinctive about East Asian urban development? Is there a common language that can be used to describe and analyze East Asian space and place? By applying a set of theoretical questions that have been developed in non-Asian contexts, we will address these and other questions.

Grading Policy

4-5 short response papers: 40% Class participation/contributions: 30% Final paper & presentation: 30%

Texts

Watson, James (ed.) Golden Arches East LeFebvre, Henri. Writings on Cities McDonough, Gary. Urban Space and Place

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