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Architectural Cultures 2:After Modernism (ABPL90289)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90289
Semester 2
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 modernist capital cities and capitol buildings in Asia and South America, postmodernism, regionalism, deconstruction and digital networks, sustainability and vulnerable environments and globalization.

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 thelibrary.
  • 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


Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90288 Architectural Cultures 1: Modernism
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



  • Reading assessment of 100 words per week not exceeding 1000 words in total. Due weeks 2 -10, 30%;
  • Postmodern Site Specific Analysis (1 x A3 sheet) equivalent to 500 words. Due week 5, 10%;
  • Annotated Essay Bibliography and Essay Research Question, 500 words. Due week 8, 10%;
  • Research essay, 3000 words. Due during exam period 50%.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorKaren Burns
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours4 hours per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

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  • 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 Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018