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SRA743 - Critical Futures

Unit details


2020 unit information

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




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:

19 hours of classes per trimester, 14 hours of seminars per trimester (students are expected to attend 3 hours per week)


The unit examines critical positions developed within the history and theory of architecture. Once an understanding of these positions is gained they will be applied towards contemporary architecture examples for students to develop perspective in the profound changing conditions of society in the 20th Century. This perspective is used as a mechanism to explain how architecture participates in the contemporary world and to consider architecture in the 21st century. SRA743 Critical Futures, embedded in history and theory, is complemented by the conditions and processes of architectural and urban practices and aims to establish ‘critical tools’ for students to analysis of those practices on society.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

 At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify an appropriate framework and method for the analysis of critical issues in architecture in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

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


Locate, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from current and scholarly literature sources. (A1, A2, A3)

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking


Collaborate with others to communicate perspectives about current literature, and architectural and urban projects to an audience of their peers. (A1, A2, A4)

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO2: Communication
GLO7: Teamwork


Justify an ethical position based upon the research of global and diverse contemporary architectural projects  (A1, A2, A3)

GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship

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
Exercises and structured bibliography  Weekly collaborative summary report 40% Weekly
Either a critical essay OR Critical creative research project 3,500-4,000 word essay, or 1,500-2,000 word written report 60% Week 12

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

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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