Contemporary Architectural Investigation - ARCH6100

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Gerald Adler checkmark-circle


This module offers students the scope to learn and investigate topics at the centre of the architectural debate over the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Students will be introduced to key themes and relevant cultural and theoretical contexts. The geographic scope is worldwide, the historical scope is not limited to the 20th & 21st centuries, and topics can be wide and varied, to be agreed with individual Advisors.


Contact hours

Private Study: 270 hours
Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Dissertation 5000 words / Artefact with a supporting text of 2500 words (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1. A knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings (GC2.1) (C4)
2. A knowledge of the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture (GC2.2) (C5)
3. A knowledge of how theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design (GC3.1) (C7)
4. A knowledge and understanding of cultural theories and their relevance to twentieth century design (A16)
5. A knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of key twentieth century designers (A17)
6. An ability to undertake investigation, speculation and exploration of complex design issues and critical awareness and debate (B6)
7. An ability to undertake intellectual enquiry into an aspect of design (B7)

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. An ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in order to make and present sound judgments within a structured discourse relating to architectural culture, theory and design (GA1.4) (D17)
2. An ability to research historical and theoretical topics (B1)
3. An ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice. (B8)
4. An ability to argue rationally and to draw independent conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical and critical approach to data, demonstration and argument (B9)


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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