ARCT3010 History and Theories of the Built Environment

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit accounts for historical developments and theory guiding design decision-making in architecture and the built environment. It highlights the evolution of conceptual frameworks that underscore many of the choices designers face today. It promotes ethical understanding whereby the study of decision making and choices position the designer-architect as a creative agent.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the contexts (historical, social and political) in which design decision making occurs; (2) understand informed design decision making, mindful of the value systems and choices conveyed by design media (representations), architectural movements and polemics, and contextual circumstance such as heritage, community and political dynamics; and (3) understand design as guide to self-fashioning, ethical conduct and the conveyor of civic virtues (ie. designers are also citizens).
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an essay; (2) seminar presentations; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor William Taylor
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Architecture (formerly ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Art and Architecture)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
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