History & Theory of the Designed Environment II - Survey Course 1

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History & Theory of the Designed Environment II - Survey Course 1

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Design, Landscape Architecture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The course sets out to present the history and theory of the designed environment in order to build a common knowledge base for future architects, designers, landscape architects, planners and others involved in the procurement and management of the designed physical environment. Not withstanding this perspective, it is accessible to all. It is an introductory and survey course that follows the development and metamorphosis of architectural, urban and landscape forms from antiquity to modernity. The narrative embraces selected topics: cultural contexts, the impact of science and technology, the work of individual designers, architects and patrons. It also seeks to indicate the relationship to other material cultural artifacts and explore cultural exchanges with North Africa and the East. Central to the course is the development of an understanding of how traditions, images and ideas have been assimilated to create new forms that respond to new requirements.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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