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Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006)

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
SummaryThis first-semester 20 credit course, while intending to be self-standing, is also designed to stand in relation to the second-semester 20 credit course, 'Culture and the City'. Whilst the latter considers the city in the form of those structures of access and assembly whereby its population establishes itself as a society of willing participants, this course views the city in terms of those instruments whereby order is maintained. In classical terms, architecture is a legislative form of building. The nature of its rules and their adaptation and modification in light of different circumstances and changing political and economic circumstances is considered by way of preface to selective study of the architecture of legislation and government, in the first half of the course. The second half of the lecture programme continues the typological approach, view in turn those various buildings by which the ills of nature and society are prevented or kept at bay, and security is maintained within the city.
Course description Section 1 (block 1): Legislation and government
Ten lectures looking at the architectural language of order and authority in western Europe from the Renaissance to the present day exemplified by urban typologies, like the piazza, and architectural typologies, like the town hall and the parliament building.
Section 2 (block 2): Sanctuary and Sequestration
Ten lectures that consider the urban and architectural consequences of the response to the peril from nature and human nature. The city responds to war, disease, immorality, criminality, riot and disorder, infection, etc, by fortification, hospitals, monasticism,workhouses, prisons, boulevards, sewerage systems, etc.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
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 2017/18, 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 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 S1 (December)Architectural History 2a: Order & the City2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Architectural History 2a: Order & 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 the social, economic and political circumstances within which it is located - tested by the Essay.
  2. Demonstrate ability to evaluate urban phenomena in social contexts - tested by the Exam and 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
Special Arrangements None
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr John Lowrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2314
Course secretaryMiss Dee Gillespie
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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