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Module Code: ARC407
Module Title: Architectural Theory and Criticism
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
Architectural theory is, in essence, critiquing, thinking, and writing about architecture. It touches upon issues relating to how we live in, and with, buildings and is a critical engagement with the ways that we use and occupy spaces with other people. It is central both to the practice and the reception of architecture. This course will introduce students to major currents in architectural, urban, and social theory. In reading, discussing, and debating architectural, urban, and social theory, students will not only learn the ideas – or lack of ideas – behind existing buildings, but will learn to think critically, creatively, and more widely about their own design interventions and practices as architects.
Learning outcomes 
A Critically evaluate scholarly texts and set them into relation to the practice and culture of architecture and urban design today.

B Present an advanced understanding of the influence of theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture.

C Present an advanced understanding of the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment.

D Synthesise arguments and assumption into a relevant research question related to the history, theory and culture of architecture and urban design.

E Demonstrate an advanced ability to identify relevant research resources to explore a research question critically.

F. Synthesize theoretical research into original written work in compliance with academic conventions.

Method of teaching and learning 
This course has a seminar format. The majority of learning occurs through in-class discussion and careful reading of assigned texts. Some short presentations within the seminars will help 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 syllabus will typically include the following topics:

architecture and society; architecture and politics/ideology; architecture as art and the notion of beauty; architectural representation; architecture contra 'the urban' and city planning; cultural landscapes; architecture as language (including postmodernism and deconstructivism), architecture as experience (including phenomenology); architecture and environmentalism; architecture and humanism; and architecture and gender.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   39        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Interim Submissions 40.00
2 Essay Paper 60.00

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