Urban Contexts - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Debate (30%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

An examination of cities and townscapes in their chronological and historical contexts. Contemporary theories related to urbanism and the city through topical urban issues.

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

  1. apply a range of methodologies to analyse contemporary theories around world cities
  2. propose urban interventions using principles and theories of urban design
  3. develop research methodologies and apply to practice.
  • Assessment — Debate (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Presentation (25%)
  • Report (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

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 architecture and what is context?
2Contemporary urban theories
3Examination of case study cities and townscapes
4Architectural history and development - scope
5Architectural history and development - approaches
6Architectural history and development - explanations
7Architectural history and development - buildings and history
8New urbanism
9Contemporary urban issues - urban consolidation
10Contemporary urban issues - urban politics
11Contemporary urban issues - resisting the allure of the mainstream

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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