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A31H1A History and Theory of Architecture 3:1 World Architecture 6.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

Only for students in the Degree Programme in Architecture, study year 3.

Part of programme

Degree Programme in Architecture, åk 3, Mandatory


Autumn 2024: P1 (2.0 hp), P2 (1.0 hp)

Spring 2025: P3 (3.0 hp)


26 Aug 2024
16 Mar 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 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Claes Sörstedt (


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus A31H1A (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course is an expansion and deepening of the content presented in prior years. It focuses on architecture, urban planning, and vernacular building traditions outside of Europe. Historically, the course spans from the dawn of history to today’s globalization. We work through the broad historical and geographic scope of the material with thematic perspectives that also include modern reception and historiography. The importance of the global field as a critical element both in the modern development of architecture and in the writing of history forms an underlying theme. The course delves primarily into a number of Asian, African, and early American architectural cultures, and ties into theories of global history and post-colonial studies.

Intended learning outcomes

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

You should pass the course A11HIB History and Theory of Architecture 1: Introduction to European Architecture 7.5 credits and A21HIC History and Theory of Architecture 2: Architecture and Modernity 9.0 credits

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


  • MOM1 - Moment 1, 6.0 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

The learning outcomes are examined through the records of the design process, and through the outcomes of the course specified assignments. To achieve the approved level (pass) students must have approved tasks, including 80% attendance at lectures, seminars, tutorials and reviews.

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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Claes Sörstedt (