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BDES3011: Architectural History/Theory 3 (2014 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||BDES3011: Architectural History/Theory 3 (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning|
Assoc Prof Smith, Chris L.
|Session options:||Semester 1|
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|Pre-Requisites:||BDES2021 OR DESA2111.|
|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.|
|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.
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)
|Assessment Description:||Opinion Editorial (10%), Lexicon Entry (10%), Quotation for an Installation (15%), Abstract and Bibliography (10%), Research Paper (50%), Tutorial Participation (5%)|
|Policies & Procedures:||http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/current_students/formsPolicies.shtml|
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:||https://elearning.sydney.edu.au|
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|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|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
|Bachelor of Design in Architecture||2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Bachelor of Design in Architecture/Bachelor of Laws||2013|
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|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.