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History of Architecture 1:1, 6 Credits

Swedish name: Arkitekturhistoria 1:1

This syllabus is valid: 2023-08-07 and until further notice

Course code: 5AR142

Credit points: 6

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Architecture: First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Two-grade scale

Responsible department: Umeå School of Architecture

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2022-04-21

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2023-06-27


The course introduces the history of modernity in architecture, starting from the industrial revolution in Europe at the turn of the nineteenth century and concluding with World War II. The course also deals with research, reading and writing as processes and tools.

Expected learning outcomes

For a passing result, the student must be able to:

Knowledge and understanding 

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge about the architectural and cultural history of modernism. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the material, cultural and intellectual innovations of the period. 

Competence and skills 

  • Discuss the central texts, objects and phenomenon of the course. 
  • Independently complete a written assignment on a given subject from this period.

Required Knowledge

General entry requirements

Form of instruction

Teaching is conducted individually and in groups. The forms of teaching can be lectures, seminars, field studies, workshops, tutoring. Lectures, seminars and tutorials online may occur.

The students right to teaching and supervision at the course that they are registered for is only valid from the onset of the course to the end of the course.

Examination modes

The course is examined through a submission of a written report which shall contain text and visual material and bibliographic references to other works. The report is completed and submitted individually by each student. 

Grade for the course will be assigned when the submitted report is approved. The possible grades are Fail (U) or Pass (G). For the grade Pass the quality of the written report needs to be high. 

Examiners may decide to deviate from the modes of assessment in the course syllabus. Individual adaption of modes of assessment must give due consideration to the student's needs. The adaption of modes of assessment must remain within the framework of the intended learning outcomes in the course syllabus. Students who require an adapted examination must submit a request to the department holding the course no later than 10 days before the examination. The examiner decides on the adaption of the examination, after which the student will be notified.

Students who have achieved a pass are not permitted to retake an examination. 
Students who do not pass an examination have the right to retake examinations. The date of the retake must be notified no later than the date of the regular examination. The first opportunity to retake an examination is to be offered no later than two months after the regular examination, but no earlier than 10 working days after students have been notified of the results of the regular examination. For examinations held in May and June, the first opportunity to retake the examination is to be offered within three months of the regular examination session. In addition, at least one further re-examination is offered within a year from the regular exam date.

A student who has failed two tests for a course or a part of a course, is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are specific reasons against it (HF 6 Chap. 22 §). Requests for new examiners are made to the head of the department.

Other regulations

In the event of a course syllabus being withdrawn or undergoing major changes, at least three examination opportunities (including the regular examination session) in accordance with the previous course syllabus during a maximum of two years from the expiry of the course syllabus or the withdrawal of the course.


Valid from: 2023 week 32

"Mandatory" course literature refers to the main and recommended literature to assimilate the course content and achieve the expected study results.

Frampton Kenneth
Modern architecture : a critical history
Fifth edition : London : Thames Hudson Ltd : 2020 : 735 sidor :
ISBN: 9780500204443
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Articles are added with approximately 150 pages.