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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[80/71]  ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE [71/00 - Ord. 2017]  PERCORSO COMUNE 4 40


At the end of the course, the student will be able to critically discuss the processes that marked the genesis and the evolution of modern European civilization (XV-XVIII), from a perspective that includes even non-European experiences. The student also knows the main temporal and spatial coordinates of those events which shaped the modern European identity and their cultural, artistic and architectural impacts. Finally, the student is able to discuss making use of specialistic terminology of the discipline and he knows the theoretical and methodological rudiments of public history.


No specific knowledge is required, except the one basic provided by a secondary school course. If additional knowledge is needed, the teacher will provide students with ways to quickly acquire them.


0. Introduction. The concept of modernity
1. The emergence of the state and the Italian wars
2. The conquest of the world: from the Portuguese epos to the Dutch one
3. Otherness at the doors: The First Ottoman Expansion
4. Pre-Columbian civilizations and Spanish America
5. Humanism and Renaissance
6. State Churches and the Reforms of the Spirit: Anglicanism and Protestantism
7. Catholic Reformation and the Council of Trent
8. The scientific revolution and its reflections on architecture
10. Absolutism and seventeenth-century revolutions
11. The Baroque Age
12. The Enlightenment and the French Revolution
13. Illuminated architectures
14. Architectures of the European rural space
15. Illuminated despotism and the internal colonization of Europe

Teaching Methods

The course is held during the second semester through frontal classroom lessons and seminar activities. The lessons are accompanied by illustrative images and audio-video. Each lesson provides with at least one break during which students can ask for explanations, make comments, solicit further information. During the course, the student is also asked to look for personal study paths with a preliminary bibliographic explorations.

Verification of learning

The exam aims at verifying if the student knows the whole program of the course and if he has acquired the ability to discuss it critically. The knowledge of the program, if accompained with good language property, will receive an excellent valuation. A "memnonic" knowledge of the program if associated with poor analysis skills will obtain a passing grade evaluation.

The exam will consists of creating a multimedia project wich analyze one of the axial themes of the Early Modern History. Each work will be done by a group of 4 students max and it will be discussed in the presence of the classroom. During the discussion, the teacher will examine the quality and the scientific precision of the project and also he verifies the preparation of the students and their ability to critically connect the project itself to the main problems related the formation of the modern European civilization.

The examination takes place in oral form and verifies the knowledge of the texts mentioned in the bibliography


GG. ORTU, "Il principe, il filosofo, l'architetto". Prospettive transdisciplinari sulle architetture nell’Europa moderna, Cuec, Cagliari 2014.

To choose from the following:

- Alberti, L'architettura;
- Moro, Utopia;
- Campanella, La città del Sole
- Boullée, Architettura. Saggio sull'arte;
- Il Filarete, Trattato di architettura;
- Palladio, I quattro libri dell'architettura.

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