Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
Object Building Text
On completion of this module, students should have a critical understanding of the ways in which architecture and material culture have been represented and interpreted by historians and cultural theorists from the first century B.C. to the present day.
This module will introduce students to the ways in which architecture and material culture have been represented and interpreted by historians and cultural theorists from the first century B.C. to the present day. Texts considered include key writings by Vitruvius, Alberti, Locke, Hume, Foucault, Marx, Barthes, Bourdieu, Baudrillard, Derrida, Hegel and Kant. Students will be encouraged to explore the manner in which these methodologies have been deployed by architectural and cultural historians. The section on modernism and postmodernism introduces the student to the lively debates on-going within architectural theory and practice with regard to the history and periodisation of Early, High and Late modernism and those centering around deconstruction and postmodernism. The work of H. Russell Hitchcock, Le Corbusier , C. Abercrombie and others is compared to C. Jenck's and R. Venturi's typologies of styles in relation to the work of P. Eisenmann', D. Libeskind, Morphosis, OMA , Z. Hadid and others.
Form of teaching
11 x 4 hour lectures; Seminars: 11 X 3 hours.
Form of assessment
4000-6000 word essay.
Undergraduate Module Catalogue | Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
Errors, omissions, failed links etc should be notified to
Information regarding content of individual modules
should be obtained from the departmental contact who can be found on the
module index page.