251.903 Wahlseminar | Architecture as an Expression of Political Tendencies
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, SE, 3.5h, 5.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 3.5
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to write an academic paper and possess basic knowledge of scholarly research. Students will be able to work with literature and gain an understanding of how to formulate a scientific argument. The course topics incudes academic reserach, literature research, interdiszciplinary approaches, and correct use of citation methods.

Subject of course



Sacral building in urban context

Sacred architecture, which has always fascinated architects, is now in competition with modern secular architecture and is therefore in a state of flux.
In particular, the three great monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have subjected their sacred buildings (mosques, churches, synagogues) to a critical transformation, questioning their traditional characteristics. Today, churches are threatened with demolition and, at best, are closed or converted to other uses. Mosques in the diaspora are currently experiencing a strong growth, they are supposed to leave the backyards, their presence in society is increasing, while the new projects in the Islamic world are struggling with new forms for their acceptance by the dogmatists. Synagogues, which are often located in city centres, are characterised by experimental architecture.
Keynote lectures will introduce students to the topic and give them an insight into the diversity of contemporary sacred buildings. The question of how sacred buildings today position themselves in the cityscape and in relation to other buildings, and how visible they appear, will be analysed. The focus will be on their relationship to the urban context.
The LVA is designed as a "research in teaching" project. In their presentations and seminar papers, students will discuss selected sacred buildings in comparison and in the context of the results obtained.

Teaching methods

  • lectures as an introduction to the topic
  • further impulse lectures as preparation for the individual work
  • literature and database research
  • exercises: definition and correct use of technical terms
  • exercises: writing an abstract ad an exposé
  • documenting (photographically, graphically, textually) and interpreting images
  • writing a scientific paper (seminar paper)

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

The seminar takes place on Tuesdays from 10.00 to 13.00 in the seminar room at Gußhausstraße 28.

First appointment 10.10.2023

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Examination modalities


Examination modalities

  • Participation, compulsory attendance, active participation in the discussions and exercises

  • Written seminar paper (plus oral presentation)

    - Defined research question
    - approx. 30,000 characters
    - Extensive literature research, literature management (e.g. zotero)
    - professional academic apparatus
    - Appropriate citation etc.
    - See accompanying course 251.865 VU Introduction to Scientific Work - Building Research)t



TitleApplication beginApplication end
Wahlseminare18.09.2023 09:0021.09.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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Accompanying courses


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