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Postgraduate Course: Exploring Cultural Landscapes 2: Independent Field Lab (ARCH11225)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course requires students to employ the theoretical tools, skills, analytical frameworks and methods/methodologies they have studied in the core course 'Exploring Cultural Landscapes I' in Semester 1.
Course description The focus of the course will be the construction of a project proposal relating to the student's particular pathway (for example, a public/site specific art project, an ethnographic field study, a geographical project, a textual analysis), and will be concerned with a site that the student in agreement with the Course Organiser will work upon. This course is based on 'research-led pedagogy' where students are encouraged to take ownership, by sharing best practice and engaging in constructive critique about their peers' emerging independent projects (part of the oral presentation assessment). This course will have two assessments: an oral presentation (30%) and a 3000 word project proposal (70%).

This course aims to design and undertake independent fieldwork relating to cultural landscapes in sites either within the landscapes surrounding Edinburgh as explored in Exploring Cultural Landscapes 1, or beyond the region in other regional, national or international contexts or even non-physical locations e.g. sites as represented in literature, film and the arts. Supervision will be offered throughout this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements NOTE: for students in the MSc Cultural Landscapes, it is required to take first the core course Exploring Cultural Landscapes 1: Specific Field Site
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
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.

Both assignments are based on individual work.

Oral presentation 30%
Report (3,000 words) 70%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have a capacity to independently formulate original research projects within cultural landscape studies that are driven by appropriate theories and research questions relating to the broader field.
  2. have an ability to reflect upon landscape histories and theories, to make decisions about appropriate approaches and justify their use through the sophisticated development of appropriate methodologies, and to apply them to urban or rural landscapes.
  3. have an ability to coherently and creatively communicate sophisticated findings and identify further research questions that arise from it in oral and written presentations.
Reading List

Cosgrove, D. and Daniels, S. (1988) (Eds) The Iconography of Landscape: Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (in Library)
Hirsh, E. and O'Hanlon, M. (Eds) (1995) The Anthropology of Landscape: Perspectives on Place and Space. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (in Library)
Howard, P., Thompson, I. and Waterton, E. (Eds) (2013) The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies. London: Routledge. (in Library)
Ingold, T. (2000) Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill. London: Routledge. (in Library)
Roe, M. and Taylor, K. (Eds) (2014) New Cultural Landscapes. London: Routledge. (google.books)
Tilley, C. (1994) Phenomenology of Landscape: Places, Paths and Monuments. London: Berg Books. (in Library)
UNESCO (2017) Cultural Landscapes.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and understanding: ability to reflect critically on the principal theories in the discipline set in a policy context.

Generic cognitive skills: the application of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis via critical review and judgement on theories at the forefront of the disciplines relevant to cultural landscapes.

Practice - applied knowledge and understanding: select, and demonstrate the practical application of, specialist skills to a real-life research project informed by forefront developments in the subject.

Communication skills and autonomy and accountability: working alone and with others to develop and present findings from their work.
Additional Class Delivery Information There will be fieldwork-based activities and field visits during the course. There will also be film screenings relevant to the course content. Some of the seminars will be run by guest tutors.
KeywordsCultural landscapes,site specific research,methods/methodology,fieldwork,independent study.
Course organiserDr Angela McClanahan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5885
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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