Course syllabus

Arkitekturens teori och historia VI
The Theory and History of Architecture VI

ATHF05, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-20

General Information

Main field: Architecture.
Compulsory for: A3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course aims to bring together the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous courses in architectural theory and history, preparing the students for the task of studying the inherent relationships of society, culture, technology, urban planning and architectural design - the city of Rome serving as a case study example. The course also seeks to advance the student’s ability to discuss and debate well defined aspects of architecture theory and architectural phenomena. The course includes a series of lectures given by visiting academics and professionals – with associated seminars and exercises.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

To be formally approved, the student must demonstrate that he/she:
• Is able to explain, discuss and reflect upon how different architectural basic principles have been used throughout the history of architecture.
• Is able to define and identify the principal aspects of architectural theory, within a given text or relating to a work of architecture.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

To be formally approved, the student must demonstrate that he/she:
• Is able to discuss and appreciate a proper understanding of historic sites and buildings during the study trip to Italy.
• Is able to offer a reflective and informed criticism, written and debated; of an individually selected text or work of architecture.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

To be formally approved, the student must demonstrate that he/she:
• Is able to demonstrate an ability to make an advanced and theoretically grounded qualitative assessments of specific architectural works – while demonstrating an understanding of any related  historical, cultural background.
• Is able to formulate meta-theoretical questions relating to architecture and the architectural profession.


The course consists of research followed by a trip to Italy. After the field trip, the student is required to write an essay which discusses a specifically identified architectural work or a place in Rome - in relation to its associated historical and theoretical background. The course begins with lectures and seminars that provide a backdrop to the historic and architectural development, and relationship between Rome and Scandinavia. In the subsequent study trip to Italy (Rome) various architectural aspects of the study of the historic environment are discussed. Attendance is mandatory at various lectures, seminars, and a field course to Italy (Rome). There is a formal requirement to write an essay. Each student is required to pass all stages of the overall course and in addition, to maintain the formally stated overall level of attendance.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: To be formally approved, the student must attain a passing grade in all exercises, and maintain not less than 80% attendance at tutorials and lectures.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No

Contact and other information

Director of studies: Mats Hultman,