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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Edinburgh College of Art : Architecture - History

Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introductory survey of architectural history in a range of global settings between c. 1775 and 1990. It is not just about buildings and designs, but seeks to place architecture in its historical contexts. What can architecture tell us about wider developments in social, political, cultural and urban history? How did those contexts inform design and practice?

Course description Running through the course is the idea of 'modernity'. How has this idea informed architectural debate and production? The course begins with the stylistic revivals that dominated western architecture in the early nineteenth century. It also discusses the nineteenth century development of new typologies along with the new materials and technologies that made them possible. In the second part of the course, we turn to twentieth-century Modernism in global contexts, including Europe, Africa, Latin America and Japan. We will explore how architects and their clients sought to invent new architectures, and the ways in which the results balanced international agendas with local and national concerns. The course concludes with the revision of Modernism in the 1950's and 60's and the emergence of a Post-modern consciousness.

We welcome the perspectives that students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds can bring to the course. No previous knowledge of architecture or its terminology is expected. The course is not a 'technical' one, nor does it involve design/drawing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  300
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 155 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

Assessment 1 Week 4 Drawing or photo analysis (500 words) 10%

Assessment 2 Week 6 Literature review (700 words) 20%

Assessment 3 Week 10 Essay (2000 words) 50%

Assessment 4 Week 13 Reflective short essay (800 words) 20%

Students must achieve a mark of at least 40% on aggregate in order to pass the course. There are no 'Force Fails' for this course.
Feedback Tutorial activities will offer verbal formative feedback on skills necessary for success, particularly in the essay. Brief feedback will be provided on submitted literature review, which will inform the 2000-word course essay.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of architecture and the related arts since c. 1775, in its artistic, social, political, and programmatic contexts.
  2. Locate and start to critically appraise historians' work on the history and theory of architecture and the related arts since c. 1775, in support of a reflective and informed approach to architectural history and design precedent.
  3. Demonstrate the development of communication skills relating to the key themes of the course.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 3 lectures or equivalents per week (1-10)
1 tutorial on digital equivalent per week (2-11)
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alistair Fair
Tel: (0131 6)51 3913
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328
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