ARCHHTC 102/102G : Modern Architecture and Urbanism

Creative Arts and Industries

2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines through case studies the cultural contexts that shaped the development of architecture, urban design, landscape and the environment during the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the historical developments that influenced changes in style and the theoretical contexts that shaped attitudes towards inhabitation, social organisation, national identity, and cultural self-expression, amongst other things.

Course Overview

ARCHHTC 102, Modern Architecture and Urbanism, is a core course for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS).  It is co-taught with ARCHHTC 102G, which is a General Education offering for students not enrolled in the BAS.

Course Requirements

Restriction: ARCHHTC 100

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain key developments and movements in architecture from the late 19th century to the post-World War II period. (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.1 and 5.1)
  2. Explain how architecture is influenced by technological developments and socio-political contexts. (Capability 1.3)
  3. Identify , research, contextualise and analyse significant late 19th and 20th century buildings and/or architecture projects, with reference to such things as siting, exterior form, planning, spatial qualities, structure and materials. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 3.1)
  4. Use a range of sources, particularly books, and demonstrate awareness of academic writing conventions. (Capability 4.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 1 25% Individual Coursework
Assignment 2 25% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Final Exam

To pass this course, you need to: (i) achieve a final grade of C- or higher for the course (i.e. 50% or higher for the course); and (ii) achieve 35% or higher in the final examination (i.e. 35 out of 100 marks in the final exam).  

To see examples of the exams from previous years, go to the University Library homepage and under “Search Everything”, click on “Exams”. Insert the course code “ARCHHTC 102/102G” and you can find previous years’ exam questions. More information about this year's exam will be provided during the semester.

You also need to complete the University's Academic Integrity course. For information, see:  To complete the course, start at this link:

Teaching & Learning Methods

The course is delivered via 1-hour lectures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, followed by a 1-hour tutorial on Fridays.  The tutorials are offered online in pre-recorded format, supported by drop-in clinics ahead of assignment submissions. 

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in, which totals 150 hours. For this course, you can expect 33 hours of lectures and 8 hours of tutorial. This leaves 109 hours for lecture preparation/review and independent research, writing and study for the assignments and the final exam.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Lectures are an essential component of this course and will be delivered 'live' at the timetabled times. Lectures will also be available as recordings, for students to re-watch later.  

The course includes various online resources and modules to assist students with their assignments. Student engagement with this online content is required. 

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

The most highly recommended books for this course are:
- Curtis, William. Modern Architecture since 1900. 3rd edn. London: Phaidon, 1996 [1982].
- Frampton, Kenneth. Modern Architecture: A Critical History. 5th edn. London: Thames and Hudson, 2020 [1980]. 
- Ching, Francis, Mark Jarzombek and Vikramaditya Prakash. A Global History of Architecture. 3rd edn. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2017.
- Forty, Adrian. Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture. London: Thames and Hudson, 2000.
- Fleming, John, Hugh Honour and Nikolaus Pevsner. The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. 5th edn. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1999 [1966].
See the readings lists in Canvas for additional recommended reading, as well as the handouts provided for each lecture.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of every semester, students are invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through tools such as SET and/or Qualtrics. The course coordinator and teaching staff will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.
Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.
Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the School and Faculty Staff-Student Consultative Committees.

Other Information

Late submissions will be considered on medical and special grounds when supported by a health or other professional, and when the application is made according to the following procedure. Requests for extensions of time must be submitted and approved before the due date unless there are exceptional circumstances. Students applying for an extension of time must obtain an Extension of Time Form for Coursework Submission from Canvas, complete the details and supply the required documentation from a health or other professional. Late submission forms must be supported by the course coordinator and then approved by the relevant programme director. Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been approved, will receive the grade ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete).

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 13/12/2022 02:13 p.m.