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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Robert Nelson


This unit introduces visual and spatial language, especially in architecture, and its derivation from ritual, symbols, materials, technique and modes of construction. Visual and spatial language is analysed in relation to technical, aesthetic, spiritual and ideological frameworks. Through an examination of selected monuments produced in diverse periods, from historical epochs to the contemporary, architecture is considered in relation to the human body and proportion, real and virtual environments, and the city.


On successful completion of this subject, students should have developed:
1.A basic appreciation of architectural history and theory as modes of critical thinking, relevant and applicable to contemporary architectural design and discourse 2.A basic understanding of architectural history and theory as interrelated disciplines 3. Basic knowledge of key historical epochs in architecture as they relate to theoretical themes and cultural contexts 4. Basic knowledge of key theoretical themes as they relate to architecture within historic contexts


Written assignments and slide test

Chief examiner(s)

Robert Nelson

Contact hours

2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial