Postgraduate Course: Architectural Theory: Texts and Discourses (ARHI11011)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course offers students an historical overview of the history of architectural theory, primarily through texts and documents.
This course introduces students to the key ideas that have shaped the conception of architecture from antiquity to the recent past. It will require students to engage with the logical constitution of architectural theory, and the debates that have unfolded over the course of centuries about the nature of architecture. Particular attention will be devoted to the close reading of texts and artefacts (drawings, projects, buildings) that have offered definitions of architecture and its practice. We will also consider the relationship of architectural theory to broader philosophical debates.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2,000 word reading diary (40%)
2,500 word essay (60%)
||Students will receive formative feedback through tutorial meetings and on a plan for the essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the history of architectural theory.
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of the social, economic and intellectual history to the theory of architecture.
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of one or more principal theorists of architecture.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. A critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles.
2. A critical review and consolidation of knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject area
3. Demonstration of presentations skills that convey, formally and informally, information about specialised topics to informed audiences.
4. An exercise of autonomy and initiation in professional/equivalent activities.
|Course organiser||Ms Margaret Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5788
|Course secretary||Miss Fanny To
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773