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Postgraduate Course: Cultural Landscapes Colloquium (ARCH11226)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary"Cultural landscape" is a key theme that provides connections in theory and practice within and across disciplines throughout the arts, humanities and social sciences. Drawing on disciplines as diverse as cultural geography, cultural studies, architecture and landscape architecture, art history, literature, archaeology and social anthropology, this course will examine histories, contemporary theories, themes and disciplines that underpin the field of cultural landscape studies. Through weekly seminars, students will engage with key classic and current readings that focus on inter-disciplinary theoretical understandings and approaches on cultural landscape. The students will also assist in the organisation of a colloquium with invited speakers. Students will take active role in the colloquium as research rapporteurs documenting the sessions in reflective reports. Although, the colloquium will be divided in sessions relevant to the thematic pathways of the MSc in Cultural Landscapes, this course is open to all students.

This course aims to engage students with diverse theories and practices on cultural landscapes through actively participating in the organization and dissemination of a colloquium. More specifically, students will:

1. Critically reflect on the readings relevant to the colloquium sections in the weekly seminars via oral presentations.

2. Conduct background research on their assigned colloquium sections and contribute informed postings to the colloquium weblog before, during, and after the colloquium.

3. Attend the colloquium in its entirety, and take detailed notes of their assigned sessions.

4. Pose the first formal question(s) to keynotes during the Q&A session.

5. Write a reflective report of the assigned section after the colloquium engaging on both relevant readings and keynote presentations.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 32, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students are required to prepare two assessments throughout the course:

An oral presentation (up to 20 minutes) on two key readings.

A reflective report (up to 3,000 words) on one of the thematic sessions of the colloquium.

Both assignments are based on individual work.

Oral presentation 30%
Report (3,000 words) 70%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Capacity to research a given theme on cultural landscape studies, comprehend the key texts that constitute the significant positions and debates within it, and contextualise it within a wider historical, cultural, social, intellectual and/or theoretical frame.
  2. Ability to conduct critical analysis on theoretical ideas and theories, practices and methodologies relevant to the study of cultural landscapes.
  3. Ability to coherently and creatively communicate the research, comprehension and contextualisation of a given theoretical theme in relation to cultural landscape studies using textual, visual and/or digital media.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Spyridoula Travlou
Tel: (0131 6)51 5825
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5852
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