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Undergraduate Course: Architecture and Empire in Britain and the British Colonial World 1783 - 1947 (ARHI10027)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDuring the nineteenth century Britain amassed the largest territorial empire the world had ever seen. With this expansion came the export of architecture and urban planning, the visual and spatial consequences of which were profound and unprecedented. This course considers the relationship between architecture and empire during this period, from the American Revolution and the loss of the thirteen colonies, to the partition of India and the demise of the imperial dream. It will examine the formal, spatial, social, and political characteristics of buildings in the context of Britain's ambition to control ever greater swathes of the earth's surface economically and culturally. Examples, both secular and religious, will be drawn from across the British colonial world - from England, Scotland, and Ireland to Canada, the Caribbean, India, South East Asia, Africa, and Australasia. These examples will be discussed in their historical context and analysed for what they reveal about notions (and anxieties) regarding modern British identity, imperialism, and nationhood.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must have honours entry to History of Art or its combined degrees or honours entry to Music or by agreement of Head of Subject Area.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (60%)
1x2 hour examination (40%)
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 S1 (December)Architecture and Empire in Britain and the British Colonial World 1783-19472:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a full understanding of the history and cultural significance of architecture in Britain's colonies.
  2. Demonstrate a full understanding of the social, religious, and political uses and manipulation of architectural and urban space in colonial contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a full understanding of the relationship between the motives and practices of British imperial/colonial culture and the built environment.
  4. Demonstrate a full understanding of the different ways in which empire affected architecture and urban space in Britain.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 x 2-hour lectures per week.
Course organiserDr Alex Bremner
Tel: (0131 6)50 2320
Course secretaryMrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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