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History and Theory in Design 5: Critical Practice & Theory KDA312



This unit assumes students to be familiar with architectural and / or design terminology and practice.


This unit focuses on design as a ‘critical spatial practice’ through an interdisciplinary approach that understands, references and questions the specificities of social, cultural and political operations in relation to central themes of perception, temporality, performativity, materiality and virtuality. Students are asked to collaboratively unpack key theoretical texts in order to make connections with specific precedents and case studies, which they share with colleagues in seminars. It also involves embodied spatial engagement through workshops as well as an articulation of ideas applied to their own thinking and making in design studio.


Unit name History and Theory in Design 5: Critical Practice & Theory
Unit code KDA312
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Teaching staff

Professor Dorita Hannah

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 2018: $2,243.00 040101

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Teaching Pattern

Generally 1.5 hour lecture per week and 1.5 hour tutorial/seminar workshop per week (12 weeks)


Group-based student seminar (30%), essay (30%) and theoretical design application (40%).
Students not enrolled in BEnvDes may choose to submit another design project in relation to the theoretical design application.

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