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Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaArchitecture - History Other subject areaEnvironmental Courses
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course surveys the history of British, European and American architecture, from Greek antiquity to the present day. Semester 1 starts with Greek and Roman architecture, the architecture of the Middle Ages and the first great re-evaluation of Antiquity in the Italian Renaissance.

It goes on to survey the Renaissance in Britain and northern Europe and the subsequent influence of the Italian Baroque in these areas. Later, the dialogue between developments and ideas in these countries and their respective responses to Antiquity form the focal point of Semester 1, with an examination of the theoretical, cultural and stylistic aspects of the architecture of the Enlightenment.

Semester 2 opens with a survey of the stylistic revivals that dominated architecture in the early nineteenth century and focuses in particular on the 'Battle of the Styles' in Britain. It also introduces the apparently contradictory theme of modernity in architecture and discusses the nineteenth century development of new and more sophisticated typologies along with the new materials and technologies that made this possible. The revivalist and the modern are also discussed in terms of the conflict between industrial and anti-industrial that saw the architectural technology of the Crystal Palace juxtaposed with the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The course traces the complex ideas that lie behind the emergence of Modernism in the early decades of the 20th century. It concludes with lectures on the revision of Modernism in the 1950's and 60's and the recent emergence of a Post-modern consciousness. Throughout the course the technologies of building and the emergence of the architectural profession are recurring themes. Excursions into the related fields of landscape architecture and urban design necessarily appear from time to time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-22 16:10 - 17:00
CentralLecture1-22 16:10 - 17:00
CentralLecture1-22 16:10 - 17:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 16:10 - 17:00, Zone: Central. Lecture Theatre 4, Appleton Tower
Additional information Plus a weekly tutorial
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Architectural History 1 Paper 12:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Architectural History 1 Paper 22:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Architectural History 1 Paper 12:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Architectural History 1 Paper 22:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
A knowledge of the history of western architecture from antiquity to the present day.
An awareness of the relationship between architecture and other aspects of western culture, in particular visual culture.
An awareness of the wider social, political and economic context in which architecture is created
A knowledge and understanding of the built environment of the present day and how it developed in order that intelligent and informed contributions can be made to the current debates on architecture
A knowledge of the specialist language of architecture
Some ability in the critical and comparative analysis of buildings
Familiarity with the methodology and vocabulary of scholarship and criticism in the field of architecture
Assessment Information
2X1500/2000 word essay @ 25% each = 50%
2 tutorial presentations with submitted presentation notes @ 10% each = 20%
2x2 hour examinations @ 15% each = 30%
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Course organiserDr Alex Bremner
Tel: (0131 6)50 2320
Course secretaryMiss Claire Davies
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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