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An Introduction to the Historic Built Environment - CED00031M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Emma Wells
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of the evolution of England's architectural landscape and wider historic environment, and of different approaches to the history of buildings. It will provide an overview of the differences between polite and vernacular architecture, regional identities, styles, typologies, materials, and how buildings may be studied, i.e. how to read a building via the evolution of design, plan form and construction phase analyses.

Module learning outcomes

By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the disciplines of Architectural History, Buildings Archaeology and the Historic Environment, and their approaches to unravelling the history of buildings
  • Synthesise and apply research of the cultural, social, and intellectual histories, theories, and technologies that influence the design of buildings
  • Critically engage with key literature and research priorities relating to the subject
  • Interpret the development and evolution of a building from case studies
  • Explain the evolution of the historic environment more widely.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

  • Arnold, D, 2002. Reading architectural history, Routledge.
  • Brittain-Catlin, T, 2007. How to Read A Building, Collins.
  • Brunskill, R. W. 2004. Traditional buildings of Britain: an introduction to vernacular architecture and its revival, Victor Gollanez.
  • Brunskill, R. W. 2000, Vernacular Architecture: An Illustrated Handbook, Faber and Faber.
  • Lubbock, J, 1995. The Tyranny of Taste: Politics of Architecture and Design in Britain, 1550 – 1960, Yale.
  • Morriss, R. K, 2000. The Archaeology of Buildings, Tempus.
  • Pevsner, N, 1976. A history of building types, Princeton.
  • Pevsner, N et al, 2011. Pevsner’s Architectural Glossary, Yale.
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