Buildings in History & Culture

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Buildings in History & Culture

  • 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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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    An introduction to architecture through a global, cross-cultural, historical analysis of significant buildings and their place in culture.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Identify and interpret buildings and places using common principles and terms of architectural description.
    2. Describe how architecture & vernacular spatial practices function within a wider culture.
    3. Compare the role of architecture between cultures & across historical periods.
    4. Formulate simple arguments about architecture in response to defined topics.
    5. Independently use information and apply writing conventions to prepare an essay.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Tutorial participation & assignment presentations
    Type: Attendance
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 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 Architecture
    Type: Project
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Mid Semester
    Weight: 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 Exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 40%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Format: Short answer, Short essay
    Task 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.

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