UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT5532 Practical and Theoretical Problems in Global Design Practice (A): Professional and Technical Stream

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit has two objectives: (1) to reinforce a strong belief and appropriate skills in the necessary synergy between practice and theory in the field of design; and (2) to better understand the implications of globalisation on modern design practice.

Two separate units are offered, but they are taught together in order to develop important synergies between students with practical or theoretical foci. Both units develop critical research methods, but Unit A emphasises professional and technical research methodologies with products such professional reports and design precedent studies, and Unit B emphasises historiographical and theoretical research methodologies, with the outcome being longer research essays.

The unit consists of a weekly series of lectures introducing students to critical frameworks for analysing and studying design practices in the expanded field of global practice; and weekly seminars dedicated to the development of individual student projects involving the application of analytical approaches to the study of an element or elements of design and/or urban planning practices in a specific region. Particular focus is placed on emerging economies, and the effects of globalisation on design practices. Sessions discuss issues affecting the appropriateness of design and planning models adopted in these economies and develop analytical approaches which can be applied to comparative discussions of various practices. Topics covered include definitions and modes of global practice, globalisation and critical discourses of modernity, organisation of design professions, problems of rapid urban development, conflicts between traditional and modern practices, comparative conceptions of public space, ecology, sustainability and landscape, comparative aesthetics, and consumption.
Outcomes Students are able to demonstrate an ability to apply the concepts and terms surrounding modernity and globalisation discourses to the critical evaluation of urban development and design practices in various non-Euro/American settings.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) major research project: an exhibition poster in the form of a problem analysis and speculative design brief; (2) problem area statement; (3) precedent/references review of 1000 to 1500 words; and (4) seminar presentations/submissions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the major research project: an exhibition poster in the form of a problem analysis and speculative design brief component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Romesh Goonewardene
Unit rules
Incompatibility: ARCT5514 Practical and Theoretical Problems in Global Design Practice (B): History/Theory Stream
Contact hours lectures: 1 hour per week for 12 weeks; tutorials/seminars: 2 hours per week for up to 12 weeks

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