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Undergraduate Course: Material Cultures (ARTX09079)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFrom food to the body, cities to ruins, and kitchens to landscapes and graves, we shape 'stuff' (material culture) from the world in which we live, and we, in turn, are shaped by that stuff. Through a diverse series of lectures and fieldtrips, this course examines what we can learn from studying the things and places we make and use on an everyday basis, and demonstrates that exploring them from multiple points of view and diverse methodological frameworks helps us understand the way 'culture' operates and changes through time and space, and the political ramifications of this.
Course description As described in the short description.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesMust have at least three courses at Grade B or above in Arts, Humanities or Social Science.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) After you have discussed taking one of our courses with your Personal Tutor/ School Student Support
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% written essay or case study of 4,000 words;

Formative assessment (feed forward) will be given in relation to the written assessment at the mid-point of semester. Students will be asked to prepare an outline or draft proposal of their written assessment task and will receive verbal or written feed forward / feedback on this in advance of the final submission date. Students will receive full written feedback on completion of the summative assessment.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Research and show a critical understanding of several principal methods of enquiry and employ a diverse range of research applications and sources.
  2. Analysis: Demonstrate a critical understanding of several areas of Visual Culture that enable you to analyse, evaluate and reflect critically on your own field.
  3. Communication: Successfully communicate your research, analysis and professional initiative in a range of well structure, coherent and creative forms.
Reading List
Appadurai, A. (1986). The Social Life of Things. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Barrett, E. Bolt, B. (2013). Carnal Knowledge: Towards a New Materialism Through the Arts. New York: IB Tauris.
Buchli, V. (2004). The Material Culture Reader. Oxford: Berg.
Buchli, V. (2013). The Anthropology of Architecture. Oxford: Bloomsbury.
Douglas, M. (1966). Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo London: Routledge.
Miller, D. (1998). Material Culture and Mass Consumption.
Pink, S. (2005). Home Truths. Oxford: Berg.
Simon, J. (2013). Neomaterialism. Sternberg Press.

Additional or full reading lists will be made available to students enrolled on the course via the course handbook or VLE/portal documentation.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Various forms of reading (close, skimming, etc.); library research; essay writing; public speaking.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Angela Mcclanahan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5885
Course secretaryMs Claire Davies
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