Architectural Culture Research Topics 1 - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Abstract and objectives (20%) , Presentation (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

Students use critical and analytical skills to develop an advanced understanding of themes and concepts relating to the theoretical, historical, social and cultural aspects of architecture and urban environments. Students will be expected to select from a range of research topics not previously studied. A fieldwork component is dependent on the focus of the research.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse and communicate conceptual frameworks drawing on relevant disciplinary knowledge
  2. evaluate and reflect upon cultural conditions significant to architecture
  3. refine and synthesise historical, theoretical and philosophical ideas and relationships to inform a broad and critical understanding of architecture.
  • Assignment 1 — Abstract and objectives (20%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Research Essay (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAA400 — Architecture and Culture
  • Broadband access — Continuous
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Introduction to cities
3The grid
4Dispersed city
5City as museum
6Collage city
7Polarised city
8City and climate
11Regent park

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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