Place, Power and Identity

Subject ABPL90185 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Entry into the Melbourne School of Design or approval from the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Kim Dovey


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview: This subject will explore and apply a board range of critiques of architecture and urbanism with a focus on the ways in which space meditates practices of power and constructions of identity. A range of philosophical positions will be explored including spatial analysis, phenomenology and assemblage theory. It will engage with a range of specific applications and critiques of contemporary projects.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • understand the role of spatial programming and representational narratives of built form in the mediation of power relations;
  • apply techniques of spatial and discourse analysis analysis to the critique of contemporary architecture;
  • embody an ethical understanding of the role of practices of power in architectural, urban and landscape design.

Written material and class presentations to the equivalent of 5000 words.

Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to engage in interdisciplinary work.
  • An understanding of ethical responses to issues.
  • Use and citation of sources.
  • Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas.
  • Ability to analyze social and cultural contexts.
  • Critical thinking and analysis.
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples.
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture

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