Universität Wien FIND

240522 SE Anthropology of Architecture (P4) (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 3.11.2020: Due to the current Covid-19 Situation the course will change to digital till the end of the year.

Monday 12.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 28.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Monday 16.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Friday 27.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 30.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 07.12. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Architecture and its products range among the most conspicuous and valuable representations of material culture. However, for many years anthropologists have shown only little interest in them. This has changed since the late 20th century and with the reawakened preoccupation with material culture, architecture, too, has received well deserved attention within our discipline.
In this course, we will explore the diversity and complexity of the broad field of architecture by focusing on themes such as
- vernacularity
- materiality
- space and place
- representation
- politics
- Presentations and inputs by the teacher and, if possible, guest lecturers
- Oral presentations by students
- Reading and discussion of key texts, videos etc.
Other activities, as for instance the attendance of at least one lecture/workshop organised by the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), are planned.
If possible, the course will be taught in the classroom. However, it may be necessary to adapt the format to changing conditions, e.g. to online teaching.

Assessment and permitted materials

Control of students’ attendance
Evaluation of
+ participation in discussions
+ homework (e.g. reading, preparation and summary of texts)
+ oral presentations
+ final seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Assessment criteria:
+ Attendance of min. 80%
+ Quality of all assignments and oral presentation
+ Quality of final seminar paper

Examination topics

Reading list

Key publications will be available in the ‘Handbibliothek’, further texts will be provided via Moodle. Furthermore, the students are expected to independently do literature research for their oral presentations and seminar papers.

Association in the course directory

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