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SRA323 - Contemporary Architecture


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sanja Rodes

SRA215 or SRA224



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.


This unit examines architecture as a cultural discipline from 1968 to the present day.  It seeks to critically discuss and engage with particular architects and works of architecture from Europe, Australia, the US, and Asia it also demonstrates the ways in which particular theoretical frameworks impact the direction and currents of architectural enquiry and production.  These architects and works are critically analysed to enable students to develop their own understanding of the very nature of critical attitudes in architecture through selected books, essays, articles and other media outputs.  The unit emphasises the essential role of critique in architecture and complements design studios be introducing the most relevant contemporary theories and concepts in architecture.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Research and critically analyse architectural history and theory that is relevant to contemporary architectural and urban design, from both western and non-western cultures;

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship


Communicate a critical position through both verbal and visual synthesis and argument;

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management


Engage with scholarly process through peer review.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Critique (video format) 3-5 minute video presentation including a script and written summaries. 30% Scheduled presentation date
Essay 2,500-word written essay 40% Week 10
Reflective portfolio Collaborative portfolio inclusive of visual material and written referenced summaries. 30% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Nesbitt, 1996, Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture, Princeton Architect, New York, USA.

Krista Sykes ( Ed ), 2010, Constructing a New Agenda: Architectural Theory 1993 - 2009, 1st Ed, Princeton Architect, New York, USA.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SRA323 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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