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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Studies in British Imperial and Colonial Architecture (ARHI11004)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course considers the relationship between architecture and the British Empire, from the American Revolution and the loss of the thirteen colonies, to the partition of India and the demise of the imperial dream.
Course description During 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.

A full schedule of lectures and tutorials will be available in the course handbook.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 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 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4,000-word research essay (100%)
Feedback Students will receive feedback on an essay plan in written form and/or through tutorial meetings.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an extensive awareness of the history and cultural significance of architecture in Britain's colonies.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the social, religious, and political uses and manipulation of architectural and urban space in colonial contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of the relationship between the motives and practices of British imperial/colonial culture and the built environment.
  4. Demonstrate a synthetic understanding of the different ways in which empire affected architecture and urban space in Britain.
Reading List
A full bibliography will be available in the course handbook.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills At the end of this course the student will be able, through tutorial discussions and coursework, demonstrate:
- enhanced abilities in research, critical thinking, weighing up of arguments and evidence
- understanding of complex issues and how to draw valid conclusions from the past
- production of innovative research pieces that adhere to bibliographical convention
- enhanced writing skills
Course organiserDr Alex Bremner
Tel: (0131 6)50 2320
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Watson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5744
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