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Academic year
ARK700 - History, theory and method 7
Historia, teori och metod 7
Syllabus adopted 2018-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDSD
3,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering

Course selection in architecture has a separate process. Please contact Director of Studies Anna Knutsson if you have questions.
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 25

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Written and oral assignments 3,0 c Grading: TH   1,0 c 2,0 c    

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Qualification for the master's programme.


The course furthers the students' knowledge in the history, theory or critical studies of architecture and urban design. It explores specific theoretical trajectories that shape current issues in the field. It trains the students' ability to use source texts as a basis for formulating a position, argument and/ or research query.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate an understanding of a particular theoretical trajectory in architecture and urban design.

Abilities and skills
Understand and analyse arguments laid out in theoretical texts.
Use theoretical texts as basis for formulating a position or query.
Appropriately use citation, references and bibliography.

Ability of assessment and attitude
Promote the value (and joy!) of history, theory and critical studies in architecture.
Critically relate their own writing and arguments in the course to larger issues or questions in architecture and urban design, as outlined in the brief.


The course consists of a series of lectures and seminars that contextualizes and discusses readings. With the aid of these seminars, and in dialogue with the instructor, students formulate a topic for their final paper. The final paper should be an academic text of minimum 2.000 words, complete with references and a bibliography.


The course is only open to students who at the same time take the course Reality Studio. The course starts in week 5 of the semester and meets 6-7 times before the end of the semester. The brief and its context is introduced in an introductory lecture. Learning is structured around a weekly reading assignment and a seminar or lecture of maximum 3 hours. Deliverables are defined at the outset of the course through weekly readings, assignments and presentations as well as in a final paper. Students work individually.


To be announced in a bibliography in each course brief.

Examination including compulsory elements

Student are required to participate actively in a minimum of 80% of the seminars. Each student paper is reviewed and graded after submission at the end of the semester.

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