AAR4430 - History of Architecture and Architectural Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination - final grade
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam - autumn 1/2 3 hours
Written examination - spring 1/2 3 hours D

Course content

The course is a general survey of architectural history and elements of architectural theory. European and Western architectural history, together with some non-Western architectural traditions are taught in one semester, while Norwegian and Nordic architectural history are taught in another semester.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate will acquire general knowledge of the history of architecture and some related theoretical problems. This includes the knowledge of the most important buildings and building types and works of the most prominent architects from prehistoric times to 2000 CE. Skills: The candidate will be able to recognise, stylistically classify and evaluate architectural works, buildings and approaches to design. Competence: The candidate will have acquired the overview of the chronology and stylistic developments in the history of architecture. The candidate will be able to recognize the stylistic repertoire of forms and will be able to mediate architectural works both to specialists and the general public.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, excursions and private study (syllabus). Excursions can be arranged as part of the teaching of the course. The course leader will inform the students if the excursion is obligatory or optional at the start of the semester. Obligatory excursions will be free of cost for all students. Students who participate in optional excursions must expect to pay a small share of the expenses. For students who do not participate in optional excursions, an alternative will be offered.

Further on evaluation

The course has two grading events (examinations) that separately cover international architectural history and Norwegian architectural history. These examinations are held at the end of the semesters in which the respective material is taught. Exceptionally, the examination pertaining to the first semester of the course may be placed at the beginning of the second semester. Each examination is worth 50% of the final grade. Students must pass both examinations (international and Norwegian-Nordic) in order to pass the course. In the case of a re-sit exam, the student will need to re-sit the entire exam, including both international and Norwegian parts. The right to appeal the grade applies only when the final grade is given. Postponed exams are usually scheduled for the next exam period.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)

Required previous knowledge

The first year of architectural study, or similar education, is required

Course materials

Textbooks, compendia

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Written examination - final grade

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home exam - autumn (1) 1/2





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination - spring 1/2 D 2022-06-09 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 70
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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