Undergraduate Course: Architectural History and Heritage Work Placement (ARHI10050)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The Architectural History and Heritage Work Placement gives students experience of applying and developing their academic knowledge and skills in contexts beyond the University. Students will be placed with host institutions across the heritage and cultural sectors in Edinburgh, and will contribute to the education and community outreach activities of these institutions. Students will receive regular one-on-one supervision from the Course Organiser, both in preparation for and during the placement and at the report writing stage.
The Architectural History and Heritage Work Placement gives students the opportunity to work in a heritage or cultural institution in Edinburgh as part of their academic curriculum at the University of Edinburgh. Students will contribute to the education and community outreach work of their host institution. This work will vary considerably from place to place, depending on the type of institution hosting the placement, as well as the interests and skills of the student. Responsibilities may include organizing events, producing learning materials, leading tours and education sessions and writing exhibition interpretation or significance statements. The details of the work to be undertaken on placement will be agreed by the Course Organiser, the host institution and the student at the outset of the course. Students will have a nominated mentor within their host institution who will offer the student advice and support throughout their time on placement.
Placements will operate in either Semester 1 or 2, with students spending 10 days (approx. 1 day per week) at their host institution. The placement activity will be supplemented by two class meetings in Weeks 1 and 9. The first of the formal meetings will introduce the Work Placements, the second meeting will explain the process and procedure for writing and completing the Placement Report.
Alongside seminars, three meetings with the Course Organiser will be arranged. The first, at the start of the semester, will introduce the student to their host institution, and will provide an opportunity to agree the content of the placement. Midway through the semester, a feedforward meeting will focus on the progress of the placement, and planning for the summative assessment Report. A final meeting at the end of the semester (around Week 10) with the host institution, the student and the Course Organiser, will provide an opportunity to reflect upon the placement.
The number of placements will vary each year, factoring in the number of students on the programme, and they will be publicised to students in Week 1 of Semester 1. Students wishing to do a work placement will be asked to write an application, giving their three preferred placement options and a short statement detailing the reasoning behind their choices, and what they hope to gain from a work placement. The Course Organiser, in consultation with host institutions, will then allocate students across the available placements based on applications and in some cases a short interview with the host institution. Should demand be too high for the number of placements available, students will be selected based on their applications and the availability of their preferred placements.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 2,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 80,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students will produce a 4,000-word report for submission at the end of the semester period. Students will formulate a report topic in consultation with the Course Organiser during the interim feedforward meeting (Week 5). This question will relate to an issue pertinent to the host institution and the activities undertaken on the placement. The report is an academic piece of writing, but it is not strictly historical and will allow students the opportunity to develop their essay-writing into new areas.
||Students will produce a 500-word Placement Report Plan to be brought to the meeting with the Course Organiser at the Week 5 interim meeting. In addition to outlining their role within the host institution, skills practiced through the placement, the organisational structure of the host institution, and the host institution's position within the wider landscape of the sector, the student will provide in the Report Plan an outline proposal for the topic they will pursue in the Report. Feedback on this will be provided verbally in the Week 5 one-to-one feedforward meeting with the CO.
The summative assessment Report will be marked via TurnItIn by the CO, and monitored by another Architectural History staff member. Summative feedback will be provided in the form of written extensive comments on the Placement Report.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of the institutional landscape of the heritage sector
- Show an ability to adapt skills developed within an academic context to a practical work environment
- Reflect critically on Scottish institutions concerned with the documentation and interpretation of the built environment
- Take initiative and work effectively, under guidance, in a professional cultural sector organisation.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the historian's role in providing the public with access to resources on architecture's history
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Independent research; independent learning and development; commercial / Professional / Situational awareness; team working; enterprise and entrepreneurship; interpersonal skills
|Course organiser||Dr Alistair Fair
Tel: (0131 6)51 3913
|Course secretary||Ms Helen Wallace
Tel: (0131 6)51 5775