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Architectural Cultures 1: Modernism (ABPL90288)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90288
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject surveys the ways in which architecture as a discipline and a profession influenced, reciprocated and sometimes shaped the changing ideological, social and political environment of the 20th century and after.

It identifies key ideas and interventions at different scales ranging from domestic buildings to urban institutions and environments.

Who/what were the agents, organizations, projects and users – and what were their legacies?

Each lecture will link architectural movements and texts to built works and built environments focusing on specific examples and people that best illustrate key ideas. The theme of each lecture will be formulated around the critical analysis of the legacy of these various orientations and their positive or negative outcomes or reception.

Students will examine colonial and imperial cities, the European avant garde, American modernism, CIAM 8 and social programs and utopian movements.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Understand the historical development of architecture.
  • Understand social, political, historical and cultural contexts through contextualisation of knowledge on the built environment.
  • Be aware of intellectual discourses that have influenced or are influenced by specific periods and issues.
  • Be aware of specific examples and individuals or groups that are central to intellectual discourses.

Generic skills

  • Research through the selection of architectural case studies and regular use of the library.
  • 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.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-ARCH Master of Architecture (300-point entry)
MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points)

MC-ARCHENG Master of Architectural Engineering



Non-allowed subjects


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


Additional details

  • A short summary of each weekly reading, due weekly, 10%, 500 words.
  • Oral presentation based on one weekly reading, due on specified week during semester, hurdle requirement.
  • One page abstract due week 4 (hurdle) and a five page outline with bibliography due week 6 (hurdle) as part of a 4000 word essay (inclusive of references) based on oral presentation, due during the exam period, 80%, 4000 words.
  • Presentation of specific essay topic, due week 11 or 12, 10%, 500 words.

Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorPaul Walker
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours4 hours per week (1X2 hour lecture + 1X2 hour studio)
    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

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    It is recommended that ABPL90288 Architectural Cultures 1 be completed before commencing ABPL90289 Architectural Cultures 2.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 13 August 2019