Cosmopolitanism and the architecture curriculum

Watt, Kathleen (2010) Cosmopolitanism and the architecture curriculum. Spandrel: Journal of the School of Planning and Architecture, 1 (1). pp. 35-44.

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Globalisation has had a massive impact on both architectural practice and architectural education. The expectations on graduate architects today are very different from previous generations since it is likely that most will practise in multicultural and multi-disciplinary work environments. This article explores the notion of cosmopolitanism as an education strategy for fostering in students an appreciation for cultural pluralism, moral awareness and empathy. The cosmopolitan educational ideal, based on the writings of Martha Nussbaum and Edward Said, provides a framework for an 'other-oriented' curriculum that aims to prepare students to be global citizens. After explaining the central features of the cosmopolitan ideal, the paper goes on to describe efforts at the University of Lincoln in the UK to embed cosmopolitan sensibilities in a postgraduate architecture programme.

Keywords:architecture curriculum, cosmopolitanism
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
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Deposited On:25 Feb 2011 09:01

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