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Module Code: ARC303
Module Title: Architectural Theory
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
To provide a context in which students can practice theoretical reflection on and through architecture within the broader discourse of the discipline. To acculturate students to the disciplinary and public scrutiny architecture and architectural writing are subjected to, and to prepare students for engaging in such processes. To encourage students to critically review, and to carefully produce critical academic writing, in preparation for possible post-graduate degree studies.
Learning outcomes 
A. Evaluate key ideas, theories and criticisms of modern, post-modern and contemporary architecture.

B. Analyse and present past architectural debates.

C. Express multifaceted arguments in spoken word and in written English.

D. Recognise and debate the mutual influence of architectural theory and design.

E. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of academic research methods and writing.
Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures introducing the main concepts of architectural theory provide a framework for understanding the ongoing discourses in the field. Critical review of key literature in a seminar setting, and production of architectural writings and projects are methods used in teaching and learning. Students will articulate ideas mainly through essay writing, in-class presentations/ discussions and through group project work.

Some sessions on this module will be delivered by Language Centre tutors, with the aim of assisting students with language and the study skills requirements for the module. Students will also be provided with online language/study skills support to help them engage with module content.
Themes and topics vary from year to year, but the module will generally address historical debates (such as criticisms of high modernism, the rise of postmodern and post-structural theory, critical regionalism and tectonics) as well as contemporary discourse, the relation and mutual influence of Eastern and Western concepts of architecture, and reflect areas of interest articulated by students and/or staff in this module.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 22  22        106  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Seminar Presentation(Part Group Work) 40.00
2 Essay 60.00

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