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Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummarySemester 1 begins with an examination of Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architecture, the architecture of the Middle Ages, Islam, Pre-Columbian America, and the first great re-evaluation of Antiquity in the Italian Renaissance. It goes on to survey the Renaissance in Britain and northern Europe and the subsequent influence of the Italian Baroque in these areas. Later, other significant cultural traditions in the history of architecture are introduced, such as those of India, China, and Japan. Semester 1 concludes with an examination of the theoretical, cultural, and stylistic aspects of the architecture of the European Enlightenment.

Semester 2 opens with a survey of the stylistic revivals that dominated architecture in the early nineteenth century. It also introduces the apparently contradictory theme of modernity in architecture and discusses the nineteenth century development of new and more sophisticated typologies along with the new materials and technologies that made this possible. The revivalist and the modern are also discussed in terms of the conflict between industrial and anti-industrial that saw the architectural technology of the Crystal Palace juxtaposed with the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The course traces the complex ideas that lie behind the emergence of Modernism in the early decades of the 20th century. It concludes with lectures on the revision of Modernism in the 1950's and 60's and the recent emergence of a Post-modern consciousness.

Throughout the course the development of building technology and the social, religious, and political understanding of buildings are recurring themes. Excursions into the related fields of landscape architecture and urban design necessarily appear from time to time.
Course description Not entered
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 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 60, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 310 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2 x 2000 word essays @25% each - 50%
2 x tutorial presentations with submitted presentation notes @10% each - 20%
2 x 2 hour examinations @ 15% - 30%

Students must attempt every element/component of the course and must achieve an aggregate score of at least 40%. In addition, they must achieve at least 30% in the Presentation element of assessment. If a student either fails to achieve 30% in the Presentation element of assessment attempted, or fails to attempt any single element of assessment, but has an aggregate mark of at least 40%, a mark of 'FF' (Force Fail) will be recorded until such time as these elements of assessment have been re-submitted.
Feedback In-class discussion and written feedback on formal submissions (essay and presentation).
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Architectural History 1 Paper 12:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Architectural History 1 Paper 22:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Architectural History 1 Paper 12:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Architectural History 1 Paper 22:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of architecture and the related arts, in its artistic, social, political, and programmatic contexts.
  2. Locate and start to critically appraise historians' work on the history and theory of architecture and the related arts, in support of a reflective and informed approach to architectural history and design precedent.
  3. Demonstrate the development of communication skills relating to the key themes of the course.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus a weekly tutorial
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alistair Fair
Tel: (0131 6)51 3913
Course secretaryMiss Dee Gillespie
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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