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Undergraduate Course: The Spaces and Architecture of Pilgrimage (ARHI10049)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDuring the Middle Ages, pilgrimage became an immensely popular way of achieving spiritual aims and travelling, giving way to a lucrative industry. This course examines spaces, buildings and objects, which were required to attract and satisfy the demands of audiences embarking on both physical and intellectual pilgrimages. Topics addressed will focus primarily on western sites of the medieval and early modern periods, incorporating theoretical frameworks such as phenomenology, performativity, semiotics, and translation and mobility theories.
Course description This course embraces an interdisciplinary examination of pilgrimage architecture, encouraging students to consider spaces and structures alongside discussions of art, literature and conservation, among other disciplines. The first half of the course examines the architecture of major western pilgrimage routes, introducing significant buildings, considering the role of landscape in architectural design and suggesting how structures were developed to convey meaning, facilitate rituals, and enhance the pilgrim experience. The second half of the course sets pilgrimage within broader contexts, considering topics such as how images of architecture facilitated intellectual pilgrimage and education, the cross-cultural dimensions of pilgrimage architecture outside of Christendom and the preservation and conservation requirements of sites today.

Students will be introduced to key buildings, texts and theories in weekly seminars and tutorials. Visits to local institutions, such as the National Library of Scotland and the National Museum of Scotland, as well as a class trip to re-trace a pilgrimage route will offer different ways of engaging with the material presented in class.

Topics covered may vary but are likely to include:

- Introduction to the places and spaces of pilgrimage
- The journey to Jerusalem
- Roman Pilgrimage
- Architecture along the Camino de Santiago
- Pilgrimage in Britain:
- Class Pilgrimage (Holy Isle, St Andrews, e.g.)
- The landscape of pilgrimage: maps, travel guides and architectural representations
- Intellectual pilgrimage: architectural representations in manuscripts
- Beyond Christendom: Shrines, temples and other holy places
- Pilgrimage Sites Today

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005) OR ( Architectural History 1A: From Antiquity to Enlightenment (ARHI08001) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004)) OR ( Architectural History: Introduction to World Architecture (ARCH08003) AND Architectural History: Revivalism to Modernism (ARCH08005)) AND ( Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (Architectural History)
Additional Costs Travel for field trip (20)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, External Visit Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 15, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 120 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Mid-semester essay, typically submitted in Week 9 (though the week is subject to change), 3000 words (60%)

Final Examination (40%)

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

The mid-semester essay will give students the opportunity to research and develop an argument around a specific area of interest. Through this assessment, students will call upon different theoretical foundations and approaches to architecture in order to demonstrate their understanding of the significance of pilgrimage in the medieval and early modern worlds.

The exam will test student knowledge of the material addressed over the entire course, demonstrating the significance of architecture, space and landscape in the context of medieval pilgrimage. All LOs apply to each assessment.
Feedback Formative assessment takes the form of an essay workshop in week 6, where students will have the opportunity to bring in outlines and drafts to discuss with the course organiser and classmates.

Summative feedback will be provided through comments on student essays, which will be returned within 15 working days of essay submissions.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)The Spaces and Architecture of Pilgrimage (ARHI10049)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the symbolic and functional significance of architecture along the major western pilgrimage routes.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the importance of pilgrimage within medieval and early modern cultures.
  3. Demonstrate a strong understanding of how landscape, space and orientation contribute meaning to architecture.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how theories and approaches to architecture can be applied across disciplines.
Reading List
Blick, Sarah and Rite Tekippe. Art and architecture of late medieval pilgrimage in northern Europe and the British Isles (Leiden, Brill, 2005).

Davies, Paul, Deborah Howard and Wendy Pullan. Architecture and Pilgrimage, 1000-1500: Southern Europe and Beyond (Routledge, 2013).

Sumption, Jonathan. The age of pilgrimage: the medieval journey to God (Hiddenspring, 2003).

Swatos, William H. and Luigi Tomasi, eds. From medieval pilgrimage to religious tourism: the social and cultural economics of piety (London: Praeger, 2002).

Webb, Diana. Medieval European pilgrimage, c. 700-c. 1500 (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2003).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Ability to critically analyse structures and sources
2. Enhanced research and writing skills
3. Object/manuscript handling experience
KeywordsPilgrimage,Medieval Architecture,Early Modern Architecture
Course organiser Emily Goetsch
Course secretaryMiss Dee Gillespie
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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