European Architecture A

Subject 702-131 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two one hour lecture and one tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Professor Miles Lewis
Subject Overview:

A study of some formative aspects of Near Eastern and European architecture and urbanism from ancient origins to the late Middle Ages. Detailed studies of various periods within this broad spectrum are made, exploring issues of spatial organisation, construction, architectural theory, architectural grammar, and their physical, social and economic contexts. The European tradition in the design of the built environment is explored, by establishing an overall cultural framework within which an individual building or place can be located and assessed; and by the development of skills in information gathering and critical synthesis, essay and report writing, and visual and oral presentation techniques required for the independent interpretation of these insights.

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of architecture, building, landscape architecture and urban planning from Ancient to Medieval times.

  • Be familiar with the framework within which the emergent European tradition of design of the built environment can be understood.

  • Integrate and utilise concepts such as architectural language and represented structure, which are useful in the analysis of architecture.

  • Analyse buildings and places in terms of their context, form, planning, spatial effects, construction, function and social role.

Assessment: An essay, class papers, exercises (drawn or written), equivalent to not more that 3000 words (50%); a visual test (15%), and a two-hour examination (35%).
Prescribed Texts: Information Not Available
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Information gathering and critical synthesis.

  • Use and citation of sources.

  • Essay and report writing.

  • Visual and oral presentation techniques.

  • Use of sketches to analyse source elements in the design of buildings.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Planning & Design
Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)

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