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Semester 1

Texts and Theories in Western Architecture (ARHI10026)


Architectural History





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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 Architecture, Architectural History and/or History of Art courses, at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that Architectural History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any Architectural History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Architecture department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

As a discipline, history is a matter of selecting and shaping historical data. Theory is a meditation upon the discipline and its data. The course is a study of historians, theorists and their texts. After an introduction considering the Period as the object of historical definition and as the tool of the historian, the course introduces theorists and theories of architecture from Vitruvius to Deconstruction. They are arranged chronologically so that the force of historical determinism and purposiveness of historical reflection may be gauged. The course concludes with a discussion of the proposition that cultural time moves in cycles.

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Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

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