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Architectural History & Theory: Research Skills & Methods - HOA00091M

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Nicola Sinclair
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To provide guidance regarding expectations for MA work and advanced scholarly research specialising in Architectural History and Theory
  • To help students make the transition from undergraduate to MA and (potentially) PhD work
  • To familiarize students with principal archival, bibliographic and art-historical resources for Architectural History and Theory
  • To introduce a range of significant methodologies and insights from the forefront of Architectural History and Theory
  • To encourage students to adopt and adapt methodologies to suit their own developing intellectual interests and specialism
  • To demonstrate how art and architectural historical knowledge and methodology develop within a community of scholars

Module learning outcomes

  • To be familiar with archival, bibliographic and art-historical resources relevant to their own Architectural History and Theory specialism
  • To be able to deploy appropriate scholarly conventions in their own work
  • To be familiar with a range of methodologies significant for the art historical study of Architectural History and Theory
  • To know how to apply and adapt methodologies appropriate to their specialism
  • To be able to develop independent research within the context of previous scholarship


Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation Synopsis
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation Synopsis
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on summative assessment within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

  • Vitruvius, On Architecture (De architectura c. 40 BC), translated and edited by Richard Schofield and Robert Tavernor, Penguin Classics, 2009
  • Leon Battista Alberti, On the art of building in ten books (De re aedificatoria), translated and edited by Joseph Rykwert, Neil Leach and Robert Tavernor, Cambridge Mass. and London, MIT Press, 1988
  • Marvin Trachtenberg, Building in Time: from Giotto to Alberti and modern oblivion, New Haven and London Yale University Press, 2010
  • John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice, first edition 1851-3, many subsequent editions
  • Adrian Forty, Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture, London Thames and Hudson, 2004
  • Donald Preziosi, ed., The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, 2nd ed. 2009
  • Michael Hatt and Charlotte Klonk, Art History: A Critical Introduction to its Methods, 2006

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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