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Seminar course 1b: Theory and History of Architecture and Urban Design, 5 Credits

Swedish name: Seminariekurs 1b: Arkitektur- och stadsbyggnadsteori och historia

This syllabus is valid: 2019-08-26 and until further notice

Course code: 5AR422

Credit points: 5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Architecture: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Pass course only, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Umeå School of Architecture

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2019-03-11


The course will provide the students with an orientation of the contemporary debate on architecture and urban planning, developing an awareness of the historical, theoretical political and professional concerns and agendas that drive it. Departing from the broad overview the students will identify, explore and research a specific issue related to their work in the synthesis project.

Expected learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • clearly explain the cultural, social histories, theories, technologies, practices and creative applications of arts that influence architecture and urban design. 
  • critically describe of how history and theory, practices and technologies of the fine arts influence the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture and urban design. 
  • critically describe the history and theories of architecture and urban design and their influence on the planning, design and development of past and contemporary cities and built environments. 
  • in writing argue and describe a specific issue or aspect of architectural urban design by analysing relevant theories, histories, processes and methods and their influence on the built environment. 

Required Knowledge


Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, individual/group project work and workshops.

Examination modes

The course will be graded through presentations in seminars and an individual written assignment. The grading scheme is pass/fail. To successfully complete the course all compulsory oral, written and practical assignments must be completed and passed. Students, who have not passed the course at the ordinary examination, will be given another examination date. The student has the right to another examiner if he/she has not passed the course or parts of the course after two examinations, if nothing speaks against it (HF 6 chapter. 22§). The request for a new examiner should be made to the director of programme.

Complementary assignments
A student who does not fully meet the the requirements to pass an examination but is close to a grade of Pass may, upon a decision by the examiner, receive a complementary assignment in order to meet the criteria. The complementary assignment shall be adapted to the particular outcomes that the student has not achieved. The examiner sets the deadline for handing in the assignment. 

Academic credit transfer
Students have the right to request that previous studies, or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in a professional, work-related capacity, be validated and transferred into credits on an equivalent course or programme at Umeå University. Applications for credit transfer should be addressed to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. More information can be found at the Umeå University student web site ( and in Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Appeals may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH) against a decision by the university not to approve an application for credit transfer (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12), even in cases where only a part of the application has been rejected.

Other regulations

This course may not be used towards a degree, in whole or in part, simultaneously with another course of similar content. If in doubt, consult the study counselor at Umeå School of Architecture.

Examination based on this course syllabus is guaranteed for two years after initial enrolment in the course.


The literature list is not available through the web. Please contact the faculty.