Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • What is Theory and Criticism?
    • Post-Structuralism - Michel Foucault and Architecture
    • Post-modernism and its relevance today
    • Post-colonialism in Northern Africa and Latin America
    • Deconstructivism
    • Critical Regionalism
    • Architecture: with and without architects
    • Architecture and the feminine
    • Contemporary architectural theory
  • 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


Level 3 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, eg for this subject the completion of BAS220 and BAS250. Ensure all Level 2 subjects have been completed.

Special requirements

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

This subject 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 subject focuses on theoretical strategies of thought, design and critical analysis for use in various urban and architectural situations.

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  • Literature Review (50%)
  • Research Essay (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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