Asia Pacific Modernities

Subject ABPL30057 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two hours of lecture and one hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


One of the following architectural history subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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.

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:


Anoma Darshani Pieris :

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

Subject Overview:

This subject will offer an integrated overview of urban, architectural and landscape related issues in the Asia Pacific region, including Asia and Australia. Fieldwork could include visits within Melbourne.

Topics will include:

  • Indigenous landscapes and place-making
  • Colonial cities and institutions
  • Regional and vernacular responses
  • Nationalism and commemoration
  • Derivative modernisms
  • Cultural environments
  • Post disaster reconstruction
  • Informal settlements
  • Globalisation and the metropolis
  • Suburban form
  • Tourism and heritage
  • Transnational architectural discourses/practices in Asia Pacific
Learning Outcomes:

The subject will look at the application of historical knowledge in practice and discuss career pathways in Asia and Australia.

On completion of the subject students will be expected to have greater knowledge of the region and Australia’s regional relationships through architecture, urbanism and landscape.

This knowledge will include foci on material, technological, textual and pedagogical approaches that are interdisciplinary and socially oriented.

Students will gain an awareness of key concepts and issues; learn to analyse and critique examples and understand their social relevance.

  • Drawn and written tutorial exercises (8-10 page journal), equivalent to 1200 due in weeks 2 to 10 (30%);
  • Heritage Trail (800 words) due in week 6 (20%);
  • Essay (1200 words) due end of semester (30%);
  • 2 class presentations (reading and essay topic, 5 minutes each) due in weeks 2 to 10 and weeks 11 to 12 (10%) equivalent to 400 words in total;
  • Tutorial participation weeks 1 through 12 (10%).
Prescribed Texts:

Subject reader

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Readings, reading reports, reviews, journal, presentations and essay.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environments Discipline subjects

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