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ARC8120 : Architecture and Landscape Studies Critical and Comparative

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jianfei Zhu
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In broad terms the module aims to help students:

- Develop knowledge of theories and methods for investigating architecture and landscape architecture as multidisciplinary and multicultural fields of practice
- Develop their own cases in which some of these theories and methods are used
- Develop these cases further in the following studios and modules

Outline Of Syllabus

In broad terms the syllabus for all routes is as follows:

- A range of lectures on theories and methods for studying architecture and landscape architecture as a political, aesthetic, cultural and international practice
- A few focused readings associated with these theories/methods
- An individual case study shaped and developed over weeks with guidance
- A structured presentation of the outcome of the case study in a conference and a paper form

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Synchronous
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1162:00162:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities81:008:00Synchronous (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery13:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision24:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk13:003:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rationale of Teaching Methods:
To provide a range of teaching ranging from broad reading to focused case study, and from directed learning to self-guided selection of a case, for a best educating effect possible in the context.

Relationship to Learning Outcomes:
With a range of modes of teaching and a range of activities provided, it is hoped that students can develop these capacities as both self-driven and guided.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1A100Research or design proposal
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The research proposal will allow students’ knowledge and understanding of research methods in the context of their own interests to be assessed. It will also be used to assess their key skills in the structuring of ideas and presenting them in writing, learning independently through self-directed study, and managing information. The assessment will indicate the level of engagement of students with research methods and their ability to formulate a relevant research methodology that should inform their dissertation or design thesis. Constructive written and oral feedback based on declared assessment criteria is given to students after assignment marking to support the development of their dissertation or design thesis.

Reading Lists