Architecture, Theory and Critique - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • 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: Assessment - Literature Review (30%) , Presentation - Group Presentation (30%) - Learn more

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

This unit is an introduction to various modern, post-modern and post-structuralist movements and critiques on architecture, centering upon the wider cultural, historical, social, political and philosophical relationships that invest the urban environment. This unit focuses on theoretical strategies of thought, design and critical analysis for use in various urban and architectural situations.

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

  1. identify modern, post-modern and contemporary architectural and cultural movements in relation to their underpinning theoretical and philosophical frameworks
  2. interpret the wider cultural, historical, social and political relationships that invest architectural artefacts and/or the urban sphere
  3. critique architectural artefacts and/or the urban sphere through application of theoretical frameworks
  4. formulate critical insights into theoretical and philosophical frameworks.
  • Assessment — Literature Review (30%)
  • Presentation — Group Presentation (30%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

Level 3 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, eg for this unit the completion of BAS220 and BAS250. Ensure all Level 2 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.

1What is Critical Theory?
2Post-Structuralism - Michel Foucault and Architecture
3Pierre Bourdieu and 'the habitus'
4Post-modernism and its relevance today
5The crisis of architectural history
6Post-colonialism in Northern Africa and Latin America
9Architecture: with and without architects
10Architecture and the feminine
11Contemporary architectural theory

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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