Study Abroad and Exchanges



ARC2023 : The Place of Houses

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim is to:
1. inform and strengthen the theoretical basis on which students take design decisions
2. raise awareness of the richness and complexity of contemporary domestic environments
3. develop a critical understanding of domestic architecture and the interplay between ways of living and built form

This course explores key theoretical concepts and examines dwelling environments from a range of different cultures and social groups.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course is structured around the key forms of production and varying roles of designer, client and user. Emphasis is given to the relationship between the user and the home environment. Case studies from different parts of the world are included, in some cases drawing on current research projects in the School. The syllabus includes the following topics:
Homes and houses: a conceptual overview
The psychological dimensions of dwelling
Collective housing
Private housing and social housing
Gender and age perspectives on housing
Informal housing processes and environments
The home as place of work

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The theoretical ideas are introduced and illustrated through lectures. This encourages class dicussion and debate. Students deepen their understanding through private reading and present their work in an academic poster which facilitates individual expression and learning. Reflection on individial experience is encouraged and the poster format develops computer based communication skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster1M100Poster - 1,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An illustrated academic poster of 1,500 words submitted at the end of the semester which allows students to demonstrate:
• knowledge and understanding of the topics.
• critical skills in responding to the specific and exploratory contexts of the questions.
• ability to construct coherent arguments.
• clarity and effectiveness of the design in communicating ideas.

Reading Lists