KA6006 - Cultural Context

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn how to review, reflect upon, consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of cultural topics; and apply them to inform approaches to studio design projects. You will be able to critically evaluate concepts and data from cultural topics, analyse them and frame appropriate questions to identify a range of solutions in various contexts. You will be able to practice communicating ideas and applications of cultural issues in terms that may be appropriate to diverse audiences. On completion of this module, the knowledge and understanding acquired will form part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your professional pathway. You will be encouraged to take increased ownership of your own learning.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is initially delivered through a series of lectures, however it is expected you will also be participating in wider cultural activities. Throughout the year you will keep a journal documenting, reflecting and critically assessing these experiences, which will be assessed coursework. The more substantive coursework assignment is an Illustrated Account of a cultural topic of your choice and agreed with the module tutor. Learning about academic writing will be integral to the Illustrated Account. This will be an opportunity for you to practice techniques from KA6016 Architectural Research Methods, before undertaking the more substantive KA7013 Student Selected Investigation.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Although it is intended that you will become an autonomous, self-motivated learner, this will be achieved within a supportive environment. The teaching team will provide guidance in helping you to shape your philosophy, perspectives, personal and professional enhancement. You will be encouraged to utilise peer support within the year group, and especially during the presentation phase of your work. The presentation will be formatively assessed to enable you to experiment and practice effectiveness of group communication in a risk free environment. The programme, lecture content, coursework specifications, submission dates, tutorial arrangements, presentation dates and the turnitin process will all be placed on the e-learning portal. Announcements will be posted and automated emails sent to you about any amendments. Focused academic support coupled with timely formative and summative feedback should enable you to meet your academic potential within this module. You will receive written feedback on the content, analysis, balance and communicative quality of the investigations, to enable you to consider how such topics might be investigated and presented in future.

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. You will be able to explore the extensive influences on architectural design through the evaluation and presentation of cultural topics of your choice, and appreciate the broader contexts in which architecture may be set.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA 1. You will be able to demonstrate independent learning through research and critical thinking in order to take increased ownership of your own learning methods and knowledge acquisition.

IPSA 2. You will engage with the breadth and depth of events in your culture and/or the culture of others.

IPSA 3. You will be able to critically examine your chosen topics from a theoretical perspective, evaluate alternative approaches, integrate data of varied types from various sources, employ advanced techniques to generate propositions and reflect on how this work may influence your own approach to architectural design.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
PVA 1. You will intellectually engage with the ethical and social responsibilities of academic inquiry.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: you will present the topic [of your Illustrated Account] to the module tutor and peers for verbal feedback. The module tutor will provide written feedback.

Summative assessment: this module is assessed by two pieces of coursework.

Coursework one is a journal that documents your personal cultural experiences throughout the academic year and comprises 30% of the credits for this module. It will test Module Learning outcomes KU1, IPSA1 and IPSA2.

Coursework two is an Illustrated Account of a cultural topic of your choice and agreed with the module tutor. Coursework two comprises 70% of the credits for this module and it will testModule Learning outcomes KU1, IPSA2, IPSA3 and PVA1.

Moderation of summative assessment will take place at the end of the module.





Module abstract

This module explores the histories, theories and practices of diverse disciplines, including the arts and technology. This module provides students with a forum to engage with historic and contemporary theory and critical thinking which informs architecture, urbanism and related creative arts. It provides a platform for dialogue, analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas and to foster a critical vocabulary. The lecture programme is aimed at generating a lively discourse, which will help you to broaden horizons, increase cultural references in your design work, assist you to articulate reasons for your design decisions, and support your academic development. As an autonomous , self-directed learner, your engagement with the module and its assessment will enhance the knowledge , skills and attributes that are attractive to employers, who value young professionals who understand the culture within which architectural design is created.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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