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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE09108130, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0606, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ELENA SVALDUZ ICAR/18

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ICAR/18 History of Architecture 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. As recommended background, interest in History of Architecture and general knowledge of history of the Renaissance are suggested.
Target skills and knowledge: The Course aims at providing students with instruments to know structure and to understand projects and trasformations of urban spaces and buildings, using a wide range of sources.
The Course focuses on history of architecture and urban transformations, through specific episodes which will be widely detailed, comparing case-studies and analyzing single architects during Renaissance age.
Through some of the most celebrated examples of the Renaissance architecture, the course will examine problems of the architectural spaces, technology and forms.
Examination methods: Students will be required to take a midterm self-assessment test (to verify their ability to contextualise and compare works).

The final exam will be oral, with discussion of the issues addressed during lessons and visits. A portfolio/sketchbook can be presented with the analysis of the works discussed in class and possible additions.
Students should demonstrate the skill to analyze works, placing it in the historical and urban context of reference; to know the lives of the architects and of the clients, recognizing where possible the motivations and the underlying causes of the architectural project or the transformation of some cities. In addition to the knowledge of the topics the ability to describe and analyze the works also by means of sketches, photos and more is required.
Assessment criteria: Throughout the final oral exam, the students will have to demonstrate of being capable to analyse and communicate an architectural work by allocating it in the relevant historical and urban context; of being capable to outline the space and time references and to work out the biographical ones of the single artists and patrons, of having a basic knowledge of the reading list of the course, as well as a detailed knowledge of the topics illustrated during the lectures.
Other than the knowledge of the topics as shown in the program, the capability of describing and analysing works, also by means of sketches, photos, and the like, is required.
Course unit contents: As a first step, lectures will concern method and language issues regarding “history of architecture”. The second step will be characterized by a more applicative approach, and will concern the analysis of key episodes and architects who played a fundamental role in Reinassance "new architecture".
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists in classroom lectures and site visits aimed to, owing to the direct analysis of the works, ameliorate the student's historical and critical capacities.
The idea is to approach the matter more in a practical rather than abstract way.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The reading list, texts and powerpoints presented in class will be available on the Moodle page of the course.
During the single lectures, specific readings will be suggested.

For foreign students, the course book is also available in English:

C. L. Frommel, The architecture of the Italian Renaissance, trans. by P. Spring, London, Thames and Hudson, 2007.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. L. FROMMEL, Architettura del Rinascimento italiano. Milano: Skira, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Action learning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Portfolio

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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