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Unit Overview


This unit introduces key concepts and methods in the history of architecture and design. It examines how technical, material, cultural, and geographical factors fashioned the ways people build and why they have done so. While including a chronological survey of early modern architecture, the unit makes an adjacent study of specific architectural themes and theories accompanying the political and industrial upheavals that apparently closed the period of the Enlightenment in the West and produced the modern world. Students will investigate such themes and theories by comparing notable case studies that will be researched, documented, and analysed in detail.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) have a basic knowledge of social and technological context of architecture and design across cultures and time periods; (2) use a range of different texts to develop basic historical and critical interpretations of architecture and design objects as products of economic and cultural exchange in the premodern era; (3) acquire the protocols of basic research techniques including the different formats of reporting, essay writing and referencing; and (4) develop basic communication skills in interpersonal relations, oral discussion and essay writing on architecture and design works.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial exercises; (2) examination; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Joely-Kym Sobott
Unit rules
VISA1001 Art, Technology and Society.
HART1001 Art, Technology and Society
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.