SRA743 - Critical Futures


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

SRD753, SRT751

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour lecture per week (weeks 1-5, 10,11), 1 x 1 hour lecture per week, (weeks 6-9)
1 x 1 hour seminar per week (weeks 1-5. 10,11), 1 x 2 hour seminar per week (weeks 6-9)


The unit examines the critical role of architecture in the 21st century with the aim to gain understanding of the history and theory of architecture, learning about the past in order to understand architecture’s futures. The unit structure is a set of themes of critical contemporary concern including - accelerated urbanism, a global history of architecture (western and non-western), traditional/reconstructed place, histories of environments and ecologies, and image. Each theme examines historical trajectories in the 20th Century as foundation, developing informed perspectives on the profound changing conditions of society.

Core to the unit is how architecture participates in contemporary societal challenges informed by understanding its historical trajectories. The unit engages with advanced research methodologies in the application of ‘critical tools’ – reading, writing and analysis – in order to develop intellectually complex and ethical positions in relation to the production of architecture and environments in a global world.

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