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Architecture, Theory and Critique

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

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  • 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

This online unit, awarded by Curtin University, is an introduction to post-modern and post-structuralist architectural movements. Delivered by Open Universities Australia, Architecture, Theory and Critique focuses on the wider cultural, historical, social, political and philosophical relationships that affect and the urban landscape.

Develop your awareness of key thoughts, design and critical analysis for use in urban and architectural situations, how to identify contemporary cultural and architectural movements and understand and assess how these movements shape wider cultural spheres.

Complete this unit with a greater understanding of how to critique a range of architectural frameworks, and present your findings in a professional and coherent manner using verbal and written forms.

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

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

A moderate level of prior knowledge is also assumed, usually from studying level 1 and 2 units in a related area.

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 this Architecture, Theory and Critique unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The death of Modernism: Foucault and architecture
  • Shadows of the past
  • Bourdieu and the Habitus
  • Surfaces of the present
  • Beetles, pipes and mirrors
  • Interpretations
  • The deconstructive age
  • Transformations
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Career outcomes

Through Architecture, Theory and Critique, you will gain a unique understanding of the context of architecture and urban planning, and the importance of contextualising and analysing architectural plans.

You will be able to analyse existing architectural climates to understand how they affect current political and social environments. You will also be able to put together innovative plans and strategies that incorporate these contexts and ethical considerations. These are all extremely important factors in any professional environment.

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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