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Module Code: ARC406
Module Title: Topics in Architectural History
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module addresses selected topics in recent architectural history which engages the global and Asian context of XJTLU. Topics vary from year to year. Engaging with a focused historical topic through reading, discussion, research, and writing will require students to use critical thinking and connect history and the present. Students will improve their critical and research skills while learning about the global history of architecture and its implications for present practice.
Learning outcomes 
A. Account for relations between historical events, writing and architectural evidence as relevant for the theory, practice and culture of architecture today.

B. Critically relate and explain histories of Chinese and Asian architecture from a global perspective.

C. Engage constructively with complex historical issues by selecting and researching methodically, as well as intuitively, a historical object of their own choice.

D. Devise and critically analyse the historical case study as a precedent for the development of a design proposal.

E. Present informed historical arguments and knowledge through a well-structured discourse.

F. Concisely and creatively structure and formulate knowledge, findings and conclusions to produce clear, logically argued and original written work in compliance with academic conventions.
Method of teaching and learning 
This module has a seminar format and is organized through in-class discussion and reading of assigned texts. Lectures will provide context for discussion and reading. Presentations and individual research projects will further enhance student learning.

Some sessions on this module will be delivered by Language Centre tutors, with the aim of assisting students with language/study skills requirements for the module. Students will also be provided with online language/study skills support to help them engage with module content.
The module addresses selected topics in recent architectural history with an eye to the global and Asian context of XJTLU, focusing on architectural events manifested in actual building as well as in critical debates. By tracing these discourses as historical signifiers, the module aims to subject architectural works produced in the past to historical scrutiny and critique. Integral to the module’s approach is an ongoing concern with the possibility of knowing and the notion of historical evidence. Students are invited to engage with these questions while focusing on a topic of their own choice. Through critical analysis and discussion, they explore and build up a body of work in preparation of the final written assignment. They engage with the moment of this recording, and they challenge the format that their documentation takes. They do so in close relation to the ongoing design studio work.

Students thereby develop critical analytical skills and, through reading, writing, mapping and discussing, deepen the appreciation of history and writing as active tools for theory as well as for design. Above all, they strengthen the ability to articulate a historical argument in a consistent manner as an integral part of the architect’s task.

Headings discussed in this context as historical questions and debates include: modernity, aesthetics, technology, practice, ideology, memory, ecology, post-colonialism, and the city.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13  13        124  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework 40.00
2 Final Paper 60.00

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