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Architecture as Political History (ABPL30066)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30066
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This subject is not available except to enabling students in E-ABP (Enabling Course - Architecture, Building & Planning)

This lecture and tutorial course will develop a basic understanding of how architecture acts as part of the political and cultural processes for all societies, particularly western culture. The course will investigate the legacy of classical western architecture and how its development is both formal and political in its consequences. The course will look at the relationships of architecture to power structures and how architecture and spatial order are reflective of the social and moral relationships within a society. This non-linear history will also examine the disruptive impacts of non-western architecture and will challenge the presumptions of eternal truths and destiny for western architecture. In doing so, the course will offer a re-appraisal of architectural lineage, tradition, style and values.

Intended learning outcomes

  • On completion of this subject, students should be able to: • Understand the primary historical and cultural themes of western architecture • Have an awareness of the complex relationship between architecture and political and cultural power • Understand the connection between philosophical system and spatial practices • Develop a broad understanding of western architectural phases and important figures in the traditions of architecture • Establish critical thinking and the ability to formulate a critical evaluation of architectural polemics and formal expression

Generic skills

  • • Build on technical skills in methods of visual documentation and presentation (for example drawing, photography and mapping) • Critical thinking and analysis through required reading, discussion, essay writing and presentations and assessment of arguments. • Communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically, in written and oral form through essays, discussion and class presentations. • Selection and critique of architectural case studies.

Last updated: 6 August 2019