UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT3010 History and Theories of the Built Environment

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Architecture major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit is primarily an account of key historical developments and theory underlying knowledge of the built environment and architecture and design. It outlines the content and origins of different ways of understanding buildings including historiography, sociological and economic, psychological and political knowledge thereby drawing attention to the ethical grounds for design practices. The unit identifies and analyses key developments impacting on building design, during and since the second half of the twentieth century such as postmodern and postcolonial theory, globalisation and economic rationalism, population increase and environmental concerns.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) recognise and reflect critically upon a range of theories and discourses, concepts and terms central to the study of buildings, architecture and design, particularly in instances where the built environment engages with other disciplines and fields of enquiry over the past half century or more and (2) form arguments and analyse works of architecture using appropriate theoretical tools, to research, to write and to argue with a reasonable degree of scholarship and intellectual rigour.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an essay; (2) seminar presentation; 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 Bill Taylor
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Art and Architecture (formerly ARCT2010 History: Modern Art and Architecture), ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1 and IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals (formerly ARCT1000 Studio Fundamentals)
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; seminars: 1 hour per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCT3010/SEM-1/2017

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