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A11HIB History and Theory of Architecture 1: Introduction to European Architecture 7.5 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Architecture, åk 1, Mandatory


Autumn 2024: P2 (4.0 hp)

Spring 2025: P3 (1.0 hp), P4 (2.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 5

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


Anders Bergström (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus A11HIB (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course consists of a basic introduction to the history of architecture, architectural theory and urban planning. While the material is structured from a European perspective, Swedish architecture is seen as an integrated part of an international development. The course is based on a chronological narrative, ranging from antiquity to the end of the 20th century. The basic concepts are subsequently introduced together with contemporary theoretical and critical perspectives. The relation between theory and practise is treated through case studies of architectural practise, education and historiography, which also shows how the production of history have contributed to the current image of European architecture. Basic knowledge is conveyed through lectures and excursions, while the ability to analyse and search information is trained through the writing of short essays, discussed in the form of seminars.

Intended learning outcomes

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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To be announced at course start.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • MOMA - Element 1, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • MOMB - Element 2, 3.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

This course consists of two parts. MOM 1: 4 hp / MOM 2: 3,5 hp.
Passed grade requires passed essay of each part plus 80% presence at lectures, seminars and excursions. A reflection on the individual learning process must be handed in.

Special regulations for completion apply. The rules for completion can be found on the programme web.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Architecture, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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