University of Washington School of Public Health

Space available in B E 552 Theories of Knowledge and the Built Environment


Space available in B E 552 Theories of Knowledge and the Built Environment

SLN 10940
Professor Bob Mugerauer
Thursdays 10:00-12:30
Gould 442

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Informal Description:

The course will accomplish two things: it will give you substantial content concerning the major alternative theories of knowledge—since knowing this is expected of successful doctoral and masters candidates, and it will enable you to articulate the grounds for your own dissertation research—that is, to legitimize the foundation for your particular research methodology. We will proceed by doing two sorts of work: together analyzing a common, core body of knowledge—what a sophisticated Ph.D./Masters student needs to know, and then by having students in each specialized area develop the central issues in terms of the approaches most appropriate to their particular projects.

Formal Description:
A systematic examination of the Alternative Epistemological Frameworks applicable to studying the built environment. The course is not a survey, but an analysis and explication of a) the differences among the theories of knowledge which account for their separation and often antagonism and b) an exploration of the similarities and relationships such that they might be understood as complementary or merged into a more comprehensive, pluralistic approach. Coverage will include 1) the historical context of the current problematics, as well as the multifaceted character of the built environment, 2) the major epistemological issues and fundamental concepts that lie behind specific methodologies and research design approaches (the latter two areas themselves are dealt with in a separate sequence of courses), 3) the dominant and newly emerging epistemological paradigms, 4) differences in verbal, visual, and numerical thinking. Coverage will provide the background for the diverse!
range of theories used by built environment researchers: positive rationalistic theories, theories of expertise and practical judgment, narrative cognition, hermeneutics and sense of place theories, complex systems and self-organization, post-structuralism and post-post-structuralism.

Format: Classical Seminar format with readings, presentations, and discussion.

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