History and Theory courses are designed to hone students' critical skills through intensive reading and writing assignments. Recent course topics have included gender, ethics, disease, aesthetics, and discourse on global art movements of the past 50 years.
The Public versus The Social: Tools for Modernity and After This class contains a double exploration. It is at once an investigation of a series of texts from philosophy and critical theory that seek to map, and unravel, the possibilities of public and social space, as well as a framing of those spaces through a series of walks, field trips and site visits. Themes include notions of public versus private freedoms, dystopic republicanism, the right to the city, the emergence of counter-public spheres, the tension between the social world and the cultural world, and the ongoing possibility of encounter.