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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Architecture of Tibet & the Himalayas

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 2
Complementing the course on the Arts of Tibet and building on it, this course addresses the changes and continuities in Tibetan architecture. Focus will be religious architecture and its artistic content, its function, its varied sources and adaptations throughout history. Where appropriate, religious architecture will be compared to and contrasted with secular architecture. The course also addresses the technology of Tibetan architecture, problems of the conservation of Tibetan heritage, as well as the adoptions and adaptations of Tibetan architectural forms in modern times and the diaspora.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate
a fundamental understanding of Tibetan architecture, its development and its principal relationship to architectural forms in neighboring regions at different times

  • an understanding of the relationship of building typologies to the function of the building
  •  an understanding of the interior decoration of Tibetan architecture in its principal elements and function
  •  visual literacy in what is Tibetan about architecture in modern times


1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial each week, for 11 weeks.

Method of assessment

Written exam (70%), length 2-hours. Essay 1: 2000-2500 words (15%) - DUE Day 3 of Week 7 of the term in which the course is taught. Essay 2: 2000-2500 words (15%) - DUE Day 3 of Week 11 of the term in which the course is taught.