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History of Architecture 1:2, 6 Credits

Swedish name: Arkitekturhistoria 1:2

This syllabus is valid: 2022-08-29 and until further notice

Course code: 5AR138

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, 2015-06-22

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2022-04-03


The course covers the period from World War II until the turn of the twenty-first century. It explores the concept of modernity in relation to architecture, while introducing the emergence of counter movements. The course also deals with research, reading and writing as processes and tools.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the students should be able to

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge about the architectural and cultural history of both modernism and postmodernism.
  • 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.

Form of instruction

The forms of teaching will include live online lectures and seminars and pre-recorded video lectures. Students will undertake independent study individually and in small groups.
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.
Supplementary re-examination is individually adjusted based on the goal or goals that the student has not reached and takes place at the earliest two weeks after the students have received their results and at the latest two months after the regular examination. Only students who have not received a passing grade are eligible to make revisions in order to pass the exam. Revisions are not allowed for those who have already received a passing grade. Students who have obtained a passing grade on an examination may not undergo a re-examination.
Grade for the course will be assigned when the submitted report is approved. The possible grades are 'Fail', 'Pass' or 'Pass with distinction'. For the grades 'Pass' and 'Pass with distinction' the quality of the written report needs to be high and very high respectively. Students are entitled to rewrite the same examination five times. Students who do not pass the regular examination should be provided an opportunity for further examination according to the University's "Regulations for tests and examinations at the undergraduate and graduate levels." 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. Students have the right to be tested on the same curriculum as the regular examination at least two occasions up to two years after the first registration.
Deviations from the form of examination in the syllabus can be made for a student who has pedagogical support due to disabilities. Individual adjustments of the examination form are determined based on the student's needs. The examination form is adjusted within the framework of the expected learning outcomes of the syllabus. After a request from the student the course leader shall contact the examiner, who promptly decides on the adjusted form of examination. The decision is then to be reported to the student.


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