78047 - History of Medieval and Modern Architecture (1)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will:

- know the general issues of the medieval and early-modern history of architecture;

- identify, contextualize from an historic point of view, and critically evaluate the major architectures of the time considered;

- distinguish the major formal and structural features of architectural works;

- compare architecture with other artistic disciplines

Course contents

The goal of this course is to provide students of a basic knowledge of western pre-modern architecture, from Egyptian pyramids to the Architecture of the French Revolution. Through the analysis of a selection of paradigmatic buildings of different historical periods, it will be possible to understand how architecture materializes and fulfill the human needs across time.


Please, temporarely refer to the Italian Syllabus 


David Watkin, A History of Western Architecture, Barnes & Nobles Inc., New York, 1986

Teaching methods

Lectures, in-situ analyses, class discussion.

Assessment methods

The final examination consists of an interview and it will be the same for all the students (attending or not) to assess whether students have acquired critical and methodological skills. It will be based on the texts recommended in the bibliography. Non-attending students are required to write a 7/8 pages long essay on a topic of the syllabus to be approved by the teacher and submitted in PDF no later than the penultimate week of the course.

Students are expected to demonstrate the acquisition and possession of the fundamentals of the topics dealt with and of the methodological approach adopted, even by recognizing buildings by images. In this regard, students are recommended to focus on the iconographic documentation of the exam texts and on the teaching material provided, also available for download at the teacher’s webpage: https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/ f.benelli

Grades breakdown for the oral examination

1. It will be graded as excellent the performance of those students demonstrating to be able to thoroughly analyse the texts and to put them into an organic view of the topics discussed during the course. The proper use of the specific language during the examination will be also essential.

2. It will be graded as discrete the performance of those students with mostly mnemonic knowledge, no in-depth analysis capabilities and a correct, but not always appropriate, language of the recommended texts.

3. It will be graded as barely sufficient the performance of those students with approximate knowledge, superficial understanding, poor analytical capabilities and a not always appropriate language.

4. It will be graded as insufficient the performance of those students with learning gaps, inappropriate language, no orientation within the recommended bibliography.

Teaching tools

Various audiovisual tools (audio CDs, image projections and digital movies).

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Benelli