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Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo (ABPL30050)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30050
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will consider the development of modern architecture during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will include: the origins and development of modernism; changing ideas of housing, urbanism and society; functionalism and expression; materiality and spatial organisation; the changing role of the architect; key ideas of seminal thinkers; reactions to and interpretations of modernism; post-modernism and deconstruction. Particular attention will be paid to global migrations of modernist ideas including Asia/Pacific modernities and the postcolonial condition.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the sources and historical development of modern architecture;
  • Appreciate the global migration of modernist ideas in a postcolonial context;
  • Understand the key ideas of the seminal buildings and theories of modern architecture.

Generic skills

  • Analysis of physical artifacts in their historical context.
  • Understanding of history as a discipline and as a process.
  • Understanding of the social, cultural and environmental context of architecture.
  • Essay writing to undergraduate standard.
  • Use and understanding of design terminology.

Eligibility and requirements


Students who commenced the Bachelor of Environments prior to 2015 are not required to complete ABPL10004 Global Foundations of Architecture as a prerequisite.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL10004 Global Foundations of Design
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARCH20003 Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Drawn and/or written tutorial exercises completed between weeks 2 and 11 to the total equivalent of 400 words (totalling 20%);
  • A 2000-word essay due in week 9 (40%);
  • A two-hour end-of-semester examination (40%).

Hurdle requirement: Attendance and participation in 80% of tutorials.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorStuart King
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTwo hours of lectures and one tutorial hour
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Stuart King (Subject Coordinator)


    Bronwyn Stocks (Senior Tutor)


Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019