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Postgraduate Course: Exploring Cultural Landscapes 2: Independent Field Lab (ARCH11225)

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
SummaryThis course requires students to employ the theoretical tools, skills, analytical frameworks and methods/methodologies they have studied in the core course 'Exploring Cultural Landscapes I' in Semester 1 in another field site.
Course description The focus of the course will be the construction of a project proposal relating to the student's particular pathway (for example, a public/site specific art project, an ethnographic field study, a geographical project, a textual analysis), and will be concerned with one of two sites (most likely one close to Edinburgh, and one international) chosen by the course leaders that will be available for study in a given academic year. This course is based on 'research-led pedagogy' where students are encouraged to take ownership, by sharing best practice and engaging in constructive critique about their peers emerging independent projects (part of the oral presentation assessment). This course will have two assessments: an oral presentation (30%) and a 3000 word project proposal (70%).

This course aims to design and undertake independent fieldwork relating to cultural landscapes in sites either within the landscapes surrounding Edinburgh as explored in Exploring Cultural Landscapes 1, or beyond the region in other regional, national or international contexts. Supervision will be offered throughout this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, 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 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Summative Assessment Hours 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 146 )
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 fieldwork approaches and practices, which are based on one or two sites;

A 3000 word reflective fieldwork diary.

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. have a capacity to independently formulate original research projects within cultural landscape studies that are driven by appropriate theories and research questions relating to the broader field.
  2. have an ability to reflect upon landscape histories and theories, to make decisions about appropriate approaches and justify their use through the sophisticated development of appropriate methodologies, and to apply them to urban or rural landscapes.
  3. have an ability to coherently and creatively communicate sophisticated findings and identify further research questions that arise from it in oral and written presentations.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsCultural landscapes,site specific research,methods/methodology,fieldwork,independent study.
Course organiserDr Penny Travlou
Tel: (0131 6)51 5825
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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