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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ARC6XXX
Tracking Number - 2338

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Current Status: Denied by SCNS - 2010-07-08
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: College apprvd 6/10/10; GC Chair approved 7/7/10; SCNS notified 7/8/10; pending approval of UCD prefix from SCNS - 10/28/10. Submt as ARC course…pending course desciprtion completion 9/1/11

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-04-21
  2. Department: Urban and Community Design
  3. College: FA
  4. Budget Account Number: 330000
  5. Contact Person: Vikas Mehta
  6. Phone: 8139746013
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ARC
  9. Number: 6XXX
  10. Full Title: Life Between Buildings: Public Space in the City
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Life Between Buildings
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Introduce students to the various dimensions of public space: the role of public space in history, the politics of public space, design paradigms for public space, the transformations in public space, the value of public space in contemporary

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Needed as an elective to fulfill the curricular requirements for Master's of Urban and Community Design and also for Master's of Architecture.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Terminal Degree
  29. Objectives: Architecture contributes significantly to the public realm. Even when architects do not design the spaces between buildings, the architecture defines the design, use and meaning of open public space. It is these spaces between buildings that have the ability to sustain or limit the life in a city. Hence, knowledge of the issues related to the history, politics, use and design of public spaces is paramount to professionals in architecture.

    The purpose of this course is to expose students to the breadth of theory, research and various philosophical perspectives on public space in the city.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Comprehension of important theoretical and philosophical perspectives associated with public space.

    Exploration and understanding of design and pragmatic principles associated with urban public space.

    Refine their perceptions of what constitutes good urban public space.

    The role of architecture in contributing to making good public space.

  31. Major Topics: • Defining Public Space

    • The Role of Public Space in History

    • Transformation of Public Space

    • Value of Public Space in Contemporary Society

    • The Politics of Public Space

    • Public Space Typologies and their Use

    • Studying the Use of Public Space

    • Design Paradigms for Public Space: The Design of Good Public Space

  32. Textbooks: Course reader compiled by the instructor
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: • Contributions to In-Class Discussions 20%

    • Reading Summaries 40%

    • Assignment 1 20%

    • Assignment 2 20%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Reading summaries required for selected assigned readings and 2 assignmnets
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master's of Urban and Community Design and Master's of Architecture
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Architecture.

    Urban and Regional Planning.


    Environmental Science and Policy.

    Geography and Environmental Science and Policy (doctorate).

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