Portugal: Mapping Portugal: Bio-Geo Cultural Heritages
6 credits (INTAR-1512/LAEL-W512)
Located on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal contains a wide range of socio-ecological regions and configurations, including large cityscapes, western and southern Atlantic coasts, mountainous regions, agricultural landscapes, marine ecologies, petrocultural landscapes, and tourist infrastructures. In addition to these complexly-layered contemporary socio-ecologies,
Portugal has many richly-layered built environments, with cultural heritage sites dating from the pre-historic to the contemporary. Portugal's historical and contemporary socio-ecologies emerge from both historical and contemporary geopolitics, but also, at least in part, from its varied geological contexts.
Students in the co-requisite, integrated liberal arts and studio courses that comprise "Mapping Portugal: Bio-Geo-Cultural Heritages" will spend four weeks in Portugal and will use the methodologies of design for the built environment, the fine arts, the environmental humanities, mapping, and writing to investigate overlapping networks of biological, geological, and cultural heritage in Portugal, with a focus on the Alentejo and Algarve regions. The course begins and ends in Lisbon, but focuses primarily on sites to the south and east of Lisbon around four three different bases: Setubal/Sines/Alcácer do Sal, Évora, Mértola /Serpa, and Faro. By staying for extended periods in each of these areas, students will be able to focus their studies on the specific socio-ecologies and heritage sites surrounding each base. By the course end, students will be able to link them, together into a comprehensive understanding of the bio-geo-cultural heritages and networks of the Alentejo and Algarve.
Permission of Instructor required. Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies.
2019WS Estimated Travel Cost: $3,700.00 – airfare not included. Updated costs will be available in October prior to the travel semester.
Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00