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CLU33134 Classical Architecture: Reception and Reimaginings

This module examines the reception of classical architecture in Ireland, Europe and the wider world. We will explore how classical principles and ideas were disseminated and reimagined within the framework of colonialism, nationalism, trade, slavery, political and religious ideology and intellectual artistic exchange. The course will clarify the key differences between the style we call classicism and the ideas and practices that define the classical tradition as it has been received and refigured.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Suzanne O’Neill
  • Duration:
    • Semester 2
  • Contact Hours:
    • 16 (11 lectures, 5 seminars)
  • Weighting:
    • 5 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework (two written assignments)
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Ancient History and Archaeology; Ancient and Medieval History and Culture; Visiting; Open Module

Learning Outcomes

On successful conclusion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of the forms, orders and origins of Classical architecture.
  • Show a critical understanding of reception theory and the transmission and re-conceptualization of classical architectural forms.
  • Analyse the historical and cultural relationship between Classical architecture and politics, specifically within the framework of nationalism and colonialism.
  • Apply visual and spatial skills to the analysis of classical buildings, architectural forms and architectural plans.
  • Evaluate the major debates and scholarship relevant to the module topics.
  • Discuss the above, both orally and in written form, in a clear and scholarly manner