Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the development of modern architecture through key movements of the twentieth century alongside the translation of international ideas into the Australian context. Movements will be examined in relation to theories and cultural, social and stylistic values, alongside the construction technologies, and political and economic conditions that underpinned those developments.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. identify twentieth-century architecture in terms of periods, traits, principles, theories and philosophies

2. develop relevant frameworks for theorising practice

3. develop capacity for critical and reflexive thinking

4. develop tertiary level communication skills across written and/or seminar (verbal) formats


Key architectural movements including modernism, brutalism, metabolism, post-modernism, regionalism, high-tech and deconstructivism will be explored via a series of architects who were the key proponents of those movements.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program.

Assumed knowledge

ARBE1104 History and Theory in the Built Environment 1

Assessment items

Participation: Required Readings Online Logbook

Literature Review: Annotated Bibliography

Presentation: Seminar

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.