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Postgraduate Course: Exploring Cultural Landscapes 1: Site Specific Field Lab (ARCH11224)

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 will introduce students to various methodological tools that underpin contemporary landscape studies and practices today.
Course description Using a transdisciplinary approach that draws from disciplines including visual and cultural studies, cultural geography, contemporary art theory and practice, social anthropology and literary theory, students will undertake mini theoretical and practical projects and experiments in situ at various sites in the Edinburgh region, including Ian Hamilton Finlay's Little Sparta. The course will have two assessments: an oral presentation (30%) and a 3000 word research diary, in which students both produce knowledge about and reflect upon the activities and projects they have undertaken during the semester. The research diary is intended to be a critical reflection on the fieldwork site with close references to a selection of the weekly readings.

This course aims to contextualise the theories, practices and methodological tools that characterize contemporary cultural landscape studies by requiring students to undertake instructor-led fieldwork exercises at specially chosen sites in and around Edinburgh (including Little Sparta), as well as undertaking required reading in landscape studies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
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.

Oral presentation 30%
Report (3,000 words) 70%

Both assignments are based on individual work.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a capacity to formulate 'fieldwork' questions and research designs that are driven by appropriate theories and research questions relating to landscape studies.
  2. Have an ability to select appropriate theoretical frameworks and to reflect upon fieldwork practices and the associated data produced as a result.
  3. Have an ability to coherently and creatively communicate research findings in oral and written formats.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None.
KeywordsCultural landscapes,site specific research,fieldwork,MSc,PG,ESALA
Course organiserDr Penny Travlou
Tel: (0131 6)51 5825
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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