Subject details

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

  1. recognise various paradigmatic shifts and ideas related to the historical development of world architecture
  2. critically analyse some of the wider cultural, social and political relationships that invest the concept and history of architecture
  3. use a range of historical and theoretical research techniques to develop skills in critical and analytical thinking, oral delivery and academic writing.
    • Cycle of Life and Death
    • Age of Perfection and Empire
    • Heaveny Pursuits: Christian & Islamic Architecture
    • Dialogue with the Gods
    • Rebirth and Reform
    • The Age of Power and Reason
    • The Age of Styles
    • Introduction to Modernity
    • The Colonial Age
    • The Age of Control and Authority
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or relevant experience.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone.

This subject is an introduction to major historical periods of architecture from the Ancient world up to the Twentieth century. At its core is the critical understanding of the wider cultural, political and social aspects that invest the stylistic and spatial conditions of architecture and urban space. Through critical investigation of these aspects, this subject fosters the development of skills in research, theoretical analysis and critique.

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  • Presentation (20%)
  • Reflection (30%)
  • Essay (50%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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