Buildings in History & Culture
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionAn introduction to architecture through a global, cross-cultural, historical analysis of significant buildings and their place in culture.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hourAssessmentTutorial participation & assignment presentationsType: AttendanceLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4Due Date: Throughout SemesterWeight: 10%Task Description: Students are expected to attend and participate in all Tutorials and Studio Workshops.Participation will involve being able to join in discussions and make contributions to the tutorial by drawing upon ideas and examples discussed in the lectures and contained in the recommended readings that are linked to the various stages of the course.The relevant minimum readings are listed in the Course Outline against the summary page for each lecture - available on the Blackboard site.Readings refer to e-books available through UQ Library or to texts uploaded onto Blackboard in pdf form.Mapping ArchitectureType: ProjectLearning Objectives Assessed: 3, 4, 5Due Date: Mid SemesterWeight: 50%Task Description: Students will carry out directed research into relatively unknown architects and practices and develop arguments for locating them on a map of recent architecture. Each student will investigate two architects and/or practices.Templates will guide the presentation of data which will include students submitting reasoned analysis, an annotated bibliography and a graphic characterization of the practice's work.Students will be required to upload their work at the end of the Project period for compilation into a record of the Cohort's work. Each individual's contribution will be assessed separately.Buildings in History & Culture - Open Book ExamType: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Due Date: Examination PeriodWeight: 40%Reading: 10 minutesDuration: 120 minutesFormat: Short answer, Short essayTask Description: The open-book, two hour examination will be made up of two components:TESTING INTELLIGENT INTEPRETATION OF VISUAL EVIDENCE: 18 images similar or directly chosen from those presented in the lectures, about which students will be required to identify major distinctive characteristics, demonstrating an understanding of accepted terminology as well as an ability to place what is represented in the image in its historical and cultural context, highlighting important issues that go beyond direct descriptions of what is seen.TESTING ABILITY TO DEVELOP ARGUMENTS AND CITE RELEVANT EXAMPLES IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: These abilities will be demonstrated by the answer to one question (chosen from a field of 4) about issues related to topics and subjects covered in the lectures given in the course throughout the Semester.
- Identify and interpret buildings and places using common principles and terms of architectural description.
- Describe how architecture & vernacular spatial practices function within a wider culture.
- Compare the role of architecture between cultures & across historical periods.
- Formulate simple arguments about architecture in response to defined topics.
- Independently use information and apply writing conventions to prepare an essay.
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