DESST 2521 - History Theory II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 2521 Course History Theory II Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge DESST 1505 Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes and B.E(Arch) students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description Building on History Theory I, this course will expand and deepen the frameworks of historical and theoretical understanding that necessarily underpin current knowledge and practice in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. The course focuses on the long history of Modernity (16th - 20th c.) as a process of globalisation, and its conceptual, formal, spatial and technological consequences for the development of the environmental design disciplines. Throughout the course disciplinary concerns will be considered within their social, cultural, political and environmental contexts.
Students will enhance their research and academic writing skills and consider other modes of interpreting and understanding historical and theoretical concerns.
Course Coordinator: Dr Katharine BartschDr Katharine Bartsch, Course Coordinator
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I currently work part-time and I am on campus Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.
My drop-in time for History Theory II is 3-4 Tuesdays (Room 456a)
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.All the details for this course will be available, and updated, on MyUni.
Course Learning OutcomesThe course learning objectives for History Theory II are specifically aligned with the thematic content of the lecture series, the tutorials and the objectives of the assessable tasks.
Thus, the student will gain the following knowledge:
1. An overview of the histories of settlements prior to 1900
2. Knowledge and understanding of key theories and design principles that underpin current knowledge and practice in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.
3. Knowledge and understanding of influential designers and theorists (16th - 20th c.)
4. Knowledge and understanding of cultural values and practices in relation to the design of architecture, landscapes and cities
The student will gain the following skills, including the ability to:
5. Apply independent research skills to interpret specific designs
6. Analyse and evaluate (textually and graphically) a specific design
7. Interpret, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources to form and express a qualified (supported by research) critique of a design
8. Compare and contrast the opinions of different scholars
9. Write clear and concise analytical texts and short essays which structure evidence for and against (a point of view)
10. Critique relationships between design history and contemporary design discourse and practice
11. Manipulate text and image in complex graphic compositions to communicate ideas
12. Demonstrate the appropriate use of endnotes (or footnotes) and bibliographies
The knowledge and skills acquired in this course provide a fundamental basis for your understanding of architecture, landscape and cities. This knowledge and the related skills constitute a seminal part of your design education in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies. The skills acquired are the foundation stones of your future career as a designer.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
5-12 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
9-12 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4, 10-12 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1-4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Ching, F., Jarzombek, M., and Prakash, V. (2011). A Global History of Architecture. Wiley.
Reference will be made to the 2011 hard-copy edition.
This excellent resource is widely available. It is also available in the
Barr Smith Library.
Unabashedly huge in its proportions, this book differs from the standard
architecture survey in that it doesn't approach the topic from a Western
perspective, but rather, as the title indicates, through a global lens. This
bodes well for its success as a textbook, but will also please the casual
reader. Chronologically organized, the work spans the globe within each time period,
occasionally taking time to discuss certain styles and major historical
periods, but devoting most of its space to specific architectural works
[landscapes and cities are also considered]. This chronological organization
keeps the book from feeling divided geographically, and maintains a diverse
view without manic overextension-a look at the palace at New Delhi is followed
by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, which is followed by the Hollyhock House
in Los Angeles. Throughout, the authors make connections that have rarely been
explored ("An important influence on European architecture in the west
came from the direction of Armenia"). The book disseminates textbook
amounts of need-to-know information, but it does so clearly-more like a down-to-earth
conversation than a grad-school dissertation. A practicing architect and two
academics, respectively, Ching, Jarzombek and Prakash aren't afraid to get into
the meaning and emotion behind the architecture, addressing its passionate,
intangible aspects, as in their discussion of irony's place in postmodern
design. That personal and phenomenological angle, along with the book's giant
scope, makes it a strong addition to the field, an example of successfully
going macro without getting muddled. 1000 b&w photos, 50 color photos, 1500
b & w illustrations.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIn 1999 Sibel BozdoÄan offered a postcolonial critique of professional education in Journal of Architectural
Education. She identified the “widening gap between an architectural history that is increasingly more interested in culture, context, and politics and an architectural design culture (and an architectural design criticism) that privileges form-making and creativity” (1999: 207). More than a decade later, this gap frequently compromises an integrated approach to the delivery of academic and professional training. The intent of this course is to bridge this gap.
History Theory II focuses on student-centred learning and teaching. In “What the Student Does: Teaching for Enhanced Learning” Biggs (1999) advocates a systemic approach which takes into account all aspects of the teaching context—course objectives, teaching and learning activities and the assessment tasks—as a strategy to move away from passive, uni-directional, teacher-to student transmission of knowledge. This is the aim of the teaching and learning mode of History Theory II. Importantly, Biggs stresses the need to embed the course objectives in the assignment tasks. Thus, formative and summative assessment tasks are designed to engage students in activities which will develop their knowledge and skills which are aligned with the course objectives (most significantly, knowledge of histories and theories of landscape architecture and the ability to the ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources to prepare clear and concise analytical texts).
The knowledge base begins with the lectures and the required reading material. However, these are intended as a point of inspiration and a starting point for students’ independent learning which is demonstrated in the assessable work. They are not intended as a comprehensive, finite review of the content.
Skills in written expression and critical writing are introduced in the tutorial program and further demonstrated in the assignments. Knowledge, skills, and assessable work are, thus, carefully integrated to achieve the intended holistic approach to learning and teaching. Moreover, according to Biggs, assessment must generate higher level cognitive learning activities, specifically, theorising, applying, relating, understanding or explaining distinguished from describing, note-taking or memorising. Student-focused learning strategies, embedded in the assessable work, are essential to bring about higher level cognitive learning.
Biggs, J. (1999). “What the Student Does: Teaching for Enhanced Learning.” Higher Education Research and Development Journal, 18 (1): 57-78.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies.
Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and/or self-guided studies.
Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:
Total workload hours:12 hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 hrs
Total contact hours: *3 hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 hrs
Total self-guided study:156 hrs– 36 hrs = 120 hrs
These 120 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.
Assignment 1: Research and Analysis, 30%, 44hours
Assignment 2: Illustrated Critical Essay (PPT), 40%, 60hours
Assignment 3: Class Test, 30%, 16+36hours**
** The Class Test assesses your knowledge and understanding of the lecture content and the required readings. Hence, the number of hours (16 hours or 2 days) assigned for preparation for the Class Test is additional to the contact hours.
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Specific Course RequirementsThere are no specific course-specific requirements relating to a placement, a field trip, police checks for placements in schools, after-hours access, work experience, or ancillary fees and charges.
If you choose to visit specific sites (buildings and landscapes) on campus or around Adelaide, ensure that you exercise respect for the owners and patrons, obtain permission to enter the building if required, and observe an appropriate duty of care during your visit.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceBoth assignments require the student to undertake research. However, Tutorials in Weeks 6, 7 and
8 will be broken into smaller groups to enable a small group discovery
experience which is actively promoted by the University of Adelaide. This
experience is mentored by Course Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Dr Katharine
Bartsch and focuses on a recent journal article as a case study as a model to
develop research skills .
The union of teaching and research, combined in a search for impartial
truth, was fundamental to the modern research university ideal. A small group
of students, meeting to work at the discovery of new knowledge under expert
guidance, was the centrepiece of the university experience. Yet in Australian
and UK universities from the 1980s, with the massive growth of university
enrolments and the addition of many applied disciplines, research became
increasingly detached from teaching, and a division was created that has
widened ever since. Today despite oppressive research pressures on staff,
research is almost wholly absent from Australian undergraduate teaching.
The University of Adelaide promotes small group discovery and aims to become a
model of the teaching/research union, to show how universities can recapture
what was once the defining characteristic of the research university. This does
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initiative and creativity. In a true research university, the study of existing
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knowledge delivery, now increasingly eroded by the universal availability of
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offers: the rigour of the scientific method, the search for empirical evidence,
the beauty of logic and of patterns, the value of innovation, the creativity of
problem solving and the intrinsic worth of knowledge. The University of
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in every program comes to experience the scholarship of discovery as the
highlight of their learning experience.
For many undergraduate students, this will take the form of an individual research
project in their final year, for which the preparatory research skills and
experience necessary will be built through smaller exercises in the earlier
years of their course. As a key format for delivering undergraduate research,
the university will commit to increasing the centrality of small-group
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students and a staff mentor. While content will increasingly be delivered in
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small-group discovery as a key part of their learning experience.
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Assessment SummaryAssignment 1: Research and Analysis
Week 6, Tue 30th Aug, 10am, 30%, Summative
Assignment 2: Illustrated Critical Essay
Week 10, Tue 11th, Oct, 9pm, 40%, Summative
Assignment 3: Class Test
Week 12, Tue 25th Oct, In Lecture, 1-3pm, 30%
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SubmissionAll submission details will be communicated on MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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