Architecture and Identity - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit was previously known as Australia, Architecture and Identity.

This unit explores cultural and historical themes in regional design precedents. Through research and site visits this unit examines the development of national and local architecture identity and its present context in global modernism and post-modernism. Global, national, local, and heritage issues impacting on architecture are also investigated in this unit.

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

  1. critically analyse the historical and cultural context of national and local architecture
  2. critically evaluate architectural places in terms of cross-disciplinary and contextual relationships
  3. recognise the relationship between identity and heritage in national and local architecture
  4. critically evaluate the issues and problems surrounding heritage and conservation.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Presentation (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, eg for this unit the completion of BAS130 Architecture and Culture. Ensure all Level 1 units have been completed.

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.

1Memory, Identity and Architecture
2Introduction to Heritage
4Strangers in a Strange Land
5The Armed Camp
6Marvellous Melbourne
7Sweetness and Light
8The Showgirl and the Priest
9Modernism in Australia
10Nuts and Berries
11The Architecture of Commemoration
12The Contested Past

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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