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Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course looks at the notion of the City as the exemplary setting of our social condition. Whilst the city is understood to embody organising principles and to be constituted according to the commands of political thought, the course concentrates upon the city conceived also otherwise. It is the scene of self-conscious community and is our monument to shared memory. If the essential act of the city, politically conceived, is one of walling or penning, the city conceived socially is a scene of processing and gathering- together. The architecture and city planning of accord is the subject of the course. The lecture programme falls into two parts, the first dealing with our acts of pilgrimage and congregation for the purposes of religion, entertainment and improvement. The second part deals with our celebration in architecture of what we share metaphysically social memory and the memorial.
Course description Section 1 (block 3): Pilgrimage & Congregation
Ten lectures on the architectural and urbanistic acknowledgement of Religion, Politics, Spectacle, Consumption and Procession
Section 2 (block 4): Memory & Memorial
Ten lectures where the city is explored in the spirit of arrival at the city by, for example, the inheritor, the foundling, the scholar, the celebrant and the cynic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must have achieved 20 credits of Architectural History at First Level.
Those students for whom it is a compulsory component within their degree must have achieved 40 credits of Architectural History at First Level.
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 161 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination (50%)
Essay (40%)
Tutorial Presentation (10%)
Feedback Students will receive feedback on an essay plan in written form and/or through tutorial meetings.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of connections between architecture and social, economic and political circumstances within which it is located - tested by the Essay.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate urban phenomena in social contexts - tested by the Exam at the end of semester.
  3. Research, analyse and present in written and report form themes appropriate to the course content - tested by the Tutorial Presentation.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jim Lawson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2619
Course secretaryMiss Nicole Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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