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Culture of Building (ABPL90085)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90085
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A historical study of the use of materials and the means of constructing buildings from antiquity on, but with special reference to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, comparing equivalent materials and trades between cultures, and exploring the transmission of skills and techniques from one to another.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will develop skills in the analysis of surviving buildings and archaeological remains, the use of specialised literature in the field, and other aspects of independent investigation and reporting.

Generic skills

On completion the student should:

  • be able to recognise traditional building materials and methods
  • be able to trace their origins and connections
  • distinguish authentic from reconstructed fabric
  • be able to report coherently on these issues
  • be able to contribute to the investigations of archaeologists and others

Generic skills obtained are:

  • understanding the historical development of building materials, structures and construction methods
  • appreciation of the historical and cultural developments underlying the history of building, especially in the Middle East and Europe, North America and Australia
  • understanding the cultural role of building technology
  • recognition of materials and techniques when found in unfamiliar contexts
  • appreciation of practical issues in surviving structures which may affect how they are conserved
  • professional preparation of reports on these matters

Last updated: 9 April 2019