Module Catalogues

Topics in Architectural History

Module Title Topics in Architectural History
Module Level Level 4
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2024/25
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

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 may be delivered in collaboration with Language Centre tutors, with the aim of assisting students with language and the study skills requirements for the module.