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History of Architecture 2:2, 3 Credits

Swedish name: Arkitekturhistoria 2:2

This syllabus is valid: 2024-01-08 and until further notice

Course code: 5AR216

Credit points: 3

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Architecture: First cycle, has at least 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, 2022-04-03

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2023-10-31


The course provides students with a global overview of the history of architecture from 14th century until the 18th century CE. It covers a period in European architectural history starting with the Italian Renaissance and concluding with the Industrial Revolution. The course begins from a European perspective, but critically contextualizes the dominant narratives of European history with counter-narratives from the global south. The course addresses the history of both buildings and urban design. The nature of historiography as a subjective practice is critically examined through the omissions of the key texts. Alternative narratives of global architectural history are introduced, and examples from the global north and south are presented in dialogue with one another.

Expected learning outcomes

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

Knowledge and understanding

  • Account for significant buildings and urban environments from a historical perspective.

Competence and skills

  • Describe and reflect on the relationship between architecture and historiography.
  • Critically analyse a historical building or urban environment from the period covered.

Required Knowledge

For eligibility to the course the following are required:
Architecture Project 1:2 (15 credits)
Architectural Technology 1:2 (3 credits)
Theory of Architecture 1:2 (6 credits)
History of Architecture 1:2 (6 credits)

Form of instruction

The forms of teaching will include lectures, seminars, individual and group work and tutorials.

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 all assignments are approved. The possible grades are Pass (G) or Fail (U). 

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 taken a regular examination and retake in a course or a part of a course without obtaining a pass grade is entitled to request the appointment of another examiner or marking teacher, unless there are special reasons to the contrary. Students should address any such request to the director of studies or equivalent.

Other regulations

In the event of a course syllabus being withdrawn or undergoing major changes, students are guaranteed 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 discontinuation of the course.


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