Modern Architecture & the Metropolis

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Architecture & the Metropolis

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    A critical analysis of modern architecture & urbanism taking into account its polemical inception in the early twentieth century, its re-evaluation & diffusion after the Second World War, & its relevance for contemporary architecture.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Use the principal historical and theoretical divisions in modern architecture to classify and interpret a range of canonical and lesser-known buildings and urban schemes.
    2. Analyse and evaluate architectural and urban works, theories and ideologies in relation to the wider social, urban and technological aspects of modernity.
    3. Identify and discuss critiques of modernism and their ongoing relevance in contemporary architecture
    4. Independently and/or collaboratively conduct simple research tasks in response to a defined project.
    5. Independently use evidence to construct written arguments about built environment issues.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Major Research Essay
    Type: Essay
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Mid-Late Semester
    Weight: 50%
    Task Description:
    Major Research Essay- 50% 2800-3000 words.
    The purpose of this assessment item is for students to demonstrate their abilities in self-directed research, their ability in analysis of texts and building, their ability in developing an argument around a topic, their scholarly writing skills and their ability to handle and discuss ideas.
    The reseach essay topics will be handed out in the second lecture of the semester. Students should submit a 350 word abstract and a one page bibliography by 10am Thursday 03 September 2015. Students should prepare an Argument Map for discussion in the Tutorial Help Session in Week 11.
    Submission: Digital Submission via Turn-it-in and Hard Copy Submission to Pigeon hole in Zelman Cowen Building.
    Type: Participation
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Due Date: Ongoing
    Weight: 10%
    Task Description: Students are required to attend lectures, debates and tutorials regularly, undertake the specified readings and participate regularly in discussions.
    Architectural Debates
    Type: Debate
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Throughout Semester - Debates run during tutorials. Written submission due 10:00am on week of the scheduled debate
    Weight: 40%
    Task Description: Architectural Debates
    The purpose of this assessment item is for students to demonstrate (a) their ability to engage critically with a topic, (b) their analytical and research skills, (c) skills in scholarly research and expression, and (d) their ability to construct, articulate and respond to arguments (both individually and collaboratively).
    Debates will be scheduled over three or four weeks of the semester (depending on class size) in lieu of tutorials. Topics or propositions will be distributed in the second lecture. At this time, students will elect to join either the affirmative or the negative team for one of the propositions. This assessment exercise involves elements of both group and individual work. Students will be assessed individually, but one component of this assessment will reflect the quality and coherence of the entire team's response to the proposition.
    To ensure coherence and avoid duplication, students will initially need to work with their teams to a develop a series of arguments in response to the proposition. Working individually each student will develop and discuss one of these arguments. In addition to articulating their own individual argument, the first speaker of each team will need to give a broad introduction to the topic and an overview of their team's response. Subsequent speakers will need to incorporate a rebuttal of the opposing team's argument into their discussion. In addition to their individual argument, the final speaker for each team will need to briefly conclude the team's argument. The arguments and discussions of the debates will reflect an understanding of the proposition in relation to issues raised in the course material.
    Students will be required to submit a digital copy of their debate text via turn-it-in by 10 am on the morning of their debate, and a printed copy of their debate text (including rebuttal notes) at the end of the debating session.

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