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BDES3011: Architectural History/Theory 3 (2015 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BDES3011: Architectural History/Theory 3 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Unit Coordinator/s: Assoc Prof Smith, Chris L.
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: BDES2021 OR DESA2111.
Prohibitions: DAAP3001.
Brief Handbook Description: Architectural History/Theory 3 surveys contemporary architectural debates through historical precedents, central texts, and present-day criticism on aesthetic design, cultural influences, mass media, and political events. Architectural discourse can be understood as a wide array of interlocking 'regimes of thought', each of which has its own multiple histories, transformations and unique effects. Students will become generally conversant in the principles of these central theories, and will understand some of their terms and references. Contemporary issues will not be taken at face value but interrogated through theoretical principles raised by the assigned readings. Paying close attention to the exchange between thought and action, students will explore the relevance of the discussed theories to the formation of current circumstances, and to the place of architecture within contemporary culture as a whole. Students take responsibility for their own learning, engaging in continuous reflection and developing skills in oral, written, and visual forms of communication to critique, create and articulate knowledge. They will be introduced to fundamental principles and skills of scholarly research, including locating and evaluating sources, and constructing arguments.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Tutor/s: Farzaneh Haghighi
Timetable: BDES3011 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 5.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lectures: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week.

Practical Work:

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Apply research skills and critically review one`s own research in preparing an essay and use academic referencing. Information, literacy, learning and research skills (Level 3)
Survey of architectural discourse and theory. Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. .

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Information, literacy, learning and research skills (Level 3)
1. Ability to analyse and synthesise information from diverse and contradictory sources and knowledge domains
2. Ability to demonstrate imagination and creativity in assembling and integrating ideas and information from diverse domains of knowledge
3. Ability to undertake information searches on a systematic, well-targeted basis by recognising limits of existing knowledge, identifying information needs and targeting information searches effectively and efficiently
Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 3)
4. An understanding of world philosophical, cultural and political movements
5. Ability to philosophically inquire and interrogate conceptually socio-political, environmental and historical notions, and their relation to architecture and design theory
6. An ability to think abstractly, conceptually and critically about architecture and through different architectural and urban ideas
7. Ability to understand basic history and theory of western, non-western, regional, global and indigenous architecture
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Brief Op-Ed introduction No 10.00 Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Lexicon entry No 10.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Assignment 3 No 15.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Abstract and Annotated Bibliography No 10.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3,
5 Research Paper No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
6 Participation No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 6,
Assessment Description: Opinion Editorial (10%), Lexicon Entry (10%), Quotation for an Installation (15%), Abstract and Bibliography (10%), Research Paper (50%), Tutorial Participation (5%)
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures:
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction
Week 2 Lecture: Contemporary or contemporaneity?
Week 3 Lecture: The art and architecture complex
Assessment Due: Brief Op-Ed introduction
Week 4 Lecture: Monuments
Week 5 Lecture: Global architecture
Week 6 Lecture: Beyond postcolonialism
Week 7 Lecture: Regionalism against internationalism
Assessment Due: Lexicon entry
Week 8 Lecture: Activism and agency in the public sphere
Week 9 Lecture: Sustainability a.k.a. green design
Week 10 Lecture: Digital techne
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Week 11 Lecture: Sovereignty and design policy
Assessment Due: Abstract and Annotated Bibliography
Week 12 Lecture: Multitude, or the rebirth of collective intelligence
Week 13 Independent Work on Research Papers
Exam Period Assessment Due: Research Paper

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Bachelor of Design in Architecture/Bachelor of Laws 2013
Civil / Design in Architecture 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Information, literacy, learning and research skills (Level 3) Yes 34.4%
Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement (Level 3) Yes 62.8%

These goals are selected from Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.