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Formative Ideas in Architecture (ABPL30053)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30053
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will examine the importance of formative ideas in architecture design, culture, technology. practice and history from the Enlightenment to early Modernism.

The subject will include study of the following themes: enlightenment, the rise of archaeology and neo-classicism; the emerging language of Modernity including the picturesque and revivalism; the industrial revolution and its implications for new modes of engineering and functionalism; the rise of the architecture, landscape and planning professions; designing and documenting the modern metropolis; colonialism and imperialism across the world; visualising the history of architecture.

Architectural precedents will be considered within their social, cultural, environmental and landscape contexts and analysed through concerns such as spatial organisation, technologies and theories of architecture as expressed in key texts and ideas. International influence and exchange will be examined through comparison to Australian and local significant sites and buildings.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in the history of architecture;
  • Analyse buildings, places and architecture images in terms of their context, form, planning, & theoretical ideas;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of architecture as a form of social representation.

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.
  • Familiarity with reading key texts and images in the history of architecture.
  • Writing and presentation skills to undergraduate standard.
  • Use and understanding of architecture terminology.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


  • One two hour exam at the end of semester (35%);
  • Essay outline equivalent to 200 words, due mid -semester (5%);
  • One essay , the essay is an illustrated written essay that reflects research into a selected essay question on a historical topic that relates to the key themes and issues and examples of the subject. The essay requires evidence of argument, research and accuracy of referencing, equivalent to 1600, late semester, (30%);
  • Tutorial exercisesequivalent to 800 words weeks 1- 12 , (20%);
  • lecture quizzes equivalent to 400weeks 1- 12 , (10%);

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorHannah Lewi
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours: (1 hour lecture , 1 hour online lecture and 1 hour tutorial)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

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Last updated: 31 August 2017