Subject details

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

  1. identify key theoretical concepts through reading and structural and spatial observations, and record these using relevant written and visual forms
  2. critically analyse existing theoretical knowledge and reflect upon own experiences of engagement with the local built environment and cultural factors impacting upon it
  3. synthesise ideas and theoretical concepts to demonstrate understanding of selected architectural propositions.
    • Introduction
    • Meaning, expression and representation
    • Body and space
    • Settings
    • Open house
    • Typologies and figures
    • Tectonics
    • Poetics
    • Space and power
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment


Note: it is recommended to complete APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (or similar subject ensuring you are familiar with research and writing requirements) before undertaking this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as BAS130 Architecture and Culture.

This subject is an introduction to selected architectural themes and concepts underlining the design and production of architecture and the built environment. Architectural ideas and concepts are discussed through specific theories, texts, and examples of international, national and local works. These are explored through lectures, tutorials, site visits and carefully considered and documented through reading, writing and drawing.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Critical Review (20%)
  • Research Essay (40%)
  • Reflection (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees