Global Foundations of Architecture

Subject ABPL10004 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x one hour of lectures and 1 x one hour of tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Philip Goad



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)
Current Student :

Subject Overview:

This subject will survey the history of architecture and urbanism from the beginnings of shelter to the end of the 17th century in the context of social, technical and environmental settings. It will include the architecture and design traditions of early civilisations in the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, East Asia, South America and the Pacific. It will analyse the values reflected in vernacular buildings (housing), religious institutions (churches, temples), and the power of ruling institutions (state, city, palace and empire).

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history of architecture and urbanism from ancient origins to the end of the 17th century in both the East and the West;

• Understand concepts of spatial organisation, construction, theory and representation which are useful in the analysis of architecture;

• Analyse buildings and places in terms of their context, form, spatial grammar, structural approaches, function and social role.

  • 3 x written submissions with graphic content equivalent to a total of 2000 words, due weeks 4 to 12 (50%);
  • One examination of two hours duration at the end of semester (50%).
Prescribed Texts:

Ching, F, Jarzombek, M and Prakash, V. A Global History of Architecture, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 2007.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students should acquire the following skills:

  • Analysis of physical artefacts in their historical context;
  • Understanding of history as a discipline and as a process;
  • Understanding of the social, cultural and environmental context of architecture;
  • Essay writing to undergraduate standard;
  • Use and understanding of architectural terminology.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Environments
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture major
Environments Discipline subjects
Related Breadth Track(s): Architectural History

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