Undergraduate Course: Architecture and Empire in Britain and the British Colonial World 1783 - 1947 (ARHI10027)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1x2 hour examination (40%)
||Students will receive feedback on an essay plan in written form and/or through tutorial meetings.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Architecture and Empire in Britain and the British Colonial World 1783-1947||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a full understanding of the history and cultural significance of architecture in Britain's colonies.
- Demonstrate a full understanding of the social, religious, and political uses and manipulation of architectural and urban space in colonial contexts.
- Demonstrate a full understanding of the relationship between the motives and practices of British imperial/colonial culture and the built environment.
- Demonstrate a full understanding of the different ways in which empire affected architecture and urban space in Britain.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||2 x 2-hour lectures per week.
|Course organiser||Dr Alex Bremner
Tel: (0131 6)50 2320
|Course secretary||Miss Dee Gillespie
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309