KA5005 - Architecture Theory 2

What will I learn on this module?

An advanced appreciation of historical, theoretical, societal and technological paradigms governing the disciplines of Architecture forms the core learning journey of this module. Through a thematic exposure to seminal historic and contemporary architecture you will develop your existing knowledge to further reveal your understanding of key theoretical positions and of your advanced thinking. Presented as a theoretically connected continuum of architectural thought, spanning relevant epochs, the modules content will thematically align to your wider creative learning on the programme. You will advance your critical learning skills and your reflective attitude to advanced theories of architecture that will help you to appraise your own design work.

How will I learn on this module?

The module content will be delivered as a sequential programme of lectures supported by research led, participatory group seminars. In response, increased independent learning will allow you to explore your own themes and your evaluative thinking, framed around the set assignment. The lectures will explore a range of advanced exemplar case studies and theories that will promote discourse within the supporting seminars and an advanced application of knowledge within your directed and self-directed individual study. The seminars are a forum for tutor formative feedback and peer discussion, where critical ideas are appraised to expand your personal learning journey.
To aid contextual understanding and critical appraisal, a wide range of visual material will be used to support the module content and your learning as an accessible experience.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Direct participation in lectures, group discussion and associated taught content is an essential part of your learning support for this module. In addition, all lectures, seminars presentations, relevant associated module information and specific bibliography will be available via the eLearning Portal (Blackboard), providing you with access to taught content remotely to suit specific learning needs. Electronic assignment submission and associated learning content uploads will facilitate your learning experience. Periods of self-directed learning are essential for your personal research and development whilst we have an open-door policy so that you can seek further support should you need it. You will receive feedback on formative work in a variety of forms throughout the duration of the module with written feedback provided at summative assessment points to help you reflect and develop. Your learning will be further supported and contextualised through the application of this module’s content to the studio design projects, as a holistic learning experience. In The university library offers support to you through its extensive physical and on-line resources, e-reading lists, guidance on developing academic study skills and with IT support, as provided by the Ask4Help facility.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
KU 1. Articulate knowledge and evaluation of a range of historical and theoretical principles and praxis of architecture and the wider arts

KU 2. Apply theories and principles from the history of architecture and the wider arts to scholarly argument and critical synthesis

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA 1. Apply academic skills of research, study and evaluation to the development of critical scholarship within the concepts of phenomenological and contemporary theory.

IPSA 2. Articulate skills of academic writing and appropriate communications methods to articulate advanced theories, concepts and learning using appropriate subject vocabulary.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
PVA 1. Appreciate the wider influence of artistic, societal, cultural and technological developments on Architecture within a structured and managed research methodology.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within each seminar and will be delivered in form of verbal feedback after presentations, as well as through informal class and individual discussions.

Summative assessment is of the illustrated written assignment (4000 words equivalent) covering all MLO’s … KU1, KU2, IPSA 1, IPSA 2, PVA 1

Feedback will be in written form and of the final assignment, to aid individual development and learning. Moderation of summative assessment will take place in at the end of the module.





Module abstract

Within this module you will further contextualise your knowledge of the holistic and thematic concepts and theories that underpin the creative discipline of Architecture. Through the use of lectures and research-led group seminars, you will evaluate and articulate the interconnected precepts and philosophies informing architectural thought. You will analyse and evaluate case study buildings and applied theories to contextualise the thematic epochal and conceptual shifts within Architecture and themes will be explored and analysed against contemporary thinking. Lectures will explore the advancements of Architecture and its societal value via a set of advanced theoretical and cultural paradigms, contextualised against an appreciation of associated technological and material knowledge. The Assessment work will allow you to further develop and express your critical thinking skills and apply your advanced research led learning within an appraisal of your theoretical knowledge.

Course info

UCAS Code K100

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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