The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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fall 2008

ARC 388R:
Methodologies of Architectural History

Christopher Long


This course is intended for incoming graduate students in architectural history and graduate students in the School of Architecture with a strong interest in historic research. Graduate students from other departments may register with the instructor’s permission.

Course Description and Format

This course will explore the basic models for the writing and research of architectural history and related fields. We will discuss the evolution of the discipline of architectural history, its intellectual lineages, major theories of history, and various methodological models used in research and writing. Readings and critiques of basic texts will be supplemented with several short writing assignments. Students will also make in-class presentations during the term. One longer research paper (approximately 30 pages) will be due on the final day of classes.

Educational Objectives

This course will focus on developing students’ knowledge of the fundamental problems of the discipline; on familiarizing them with sources and concepts used in architectural history and theory; on developing their critical thinking and writing skills; and on developing their abilities to do scholarly research within the field.

Course Requirements

Class attendance is required. Students will also be required to write several short papers (30%), participate in class and present their work (30%), and write a final paper (30 pages) (40%). Late papers will not be accepted. A course reader is available at the University Coop.