Course syllabus

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

ATHF01, 7 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED A
Date of Decision: 2020-03-26

General Information

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


The course aims to enhance the participant’s ability to reflect upon architectural issues from a critical viewpoint, and also provide an analytical approach to the architectural profession, as well as increasing the student’s awareness of how architectural heritage is significant to the profession of the architect. The students will also practice their ability for independent reasoning through the practice of writing. The intention is that students acquire the "conceptual tools" needed in order to take part in the architectural debate, and in addition be able to carry out research. Topics such as tectonics, aesthetics, conservation, renewal, and their respective relationships will be introduced. The course includes discussions about the challenges for contemporary architecture and the architectural profession.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

To be formally approved, the student must demonstrate that he/she:

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

To be formally approved, the student must demonstrate that he/she:
• Is, through writing, able to offer a coherent theoretical analysis of an individually selected architectural work or text.
• Is able to discuss from a standpoint of knowledge, issues of; restoration, transformation, renewal and refinement.

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 qualitative assessments of a given architectural example, in relation to its historical, cultural and theoretical origins.
• Is able to formulate basic meta-theoretical questions on the topic of architecture as a phenomenon and as a profession.


The course presents traditional architectural history seen in the light of; social, technological and cultural conditions. In addition, a number of key architectural theories in the history of Western architecture are presented. Guest lecturers will investigate contemporary architecture and reflect upon the architectural profession.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: To be formally approved, the student must attain a passing grade in all exercises, including the study trip and maintain not less than 80% attendance at tutorials and lectures.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Mats Hultman,
Course coordinator: Nina Falk Aronsen,