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Architectural Histories of Illusion, Power and Imagination

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

Architectural Histories of Illusion, Power and Imagination is a comprehensive online unit which builds an understanding of the development of ancient architecture. Delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, it encourages you to consider the way political, cultural and social issues influence the stylistic and spatial conditions of architecture and urban space.

By taking a broad scope in its approach to architecture, the unit enables you to recognise various shifts and ideas in the historical development of world architecture. You will cover the influence of issues like religion, modernity, life and death, colonialism, and power and reason, building your awareness of the relationship between architecture as a practice and the societies that shape it.

In addition, the unit's thematic approach will enable you to develop a range of historical and theoretical research techniques, and skills in critical analysis.



In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), Curtin University

The unit also assumes an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related level 1 units or other relevant experience.

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In the Architectural Histories of Illusion and Power unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Cycle of life and death
  • Age of perfection and empire
  • Heavenly pursuits: Christian and Islamic architecture
  • Dialogue with the gods
  • Rebirth and reform
  • The age of power and reason
  • The age of styles
  • The age of abstraction
  • Late modernity and the post-modern
  • The colonial age
  • The age of control and authority
  • Review
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Architectural Histories of Illusion, Power and Imagination offers you the chance to ground your study of architecture in a more historical basis, and offers a much richer understanding of the practice. By evaluating the impact of ideas in the past on the practice of architecture from the ancient period, you can better understand how contemporary issues affect the buildings of today. You will also develop analytical, research and writing skills, which will benefit you at every stage of your studies.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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