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Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary*This course is closed in 2019/20, other than to students who are re-taking it on an assessment-only basis. For an alternative Architectural History course, take a look at Architectural History and Heritage in Practice (ARHI08008)*

This first-semester 20 credit course, while intending to be self-standing, is also designed to stand in relation to the second-semester 20 credit course, 'Culture and the City'. Whilst the latter considers the city in the form of those structures of access and assembly whereby its population establishes itself as a society of willing participants, this course views the city in terms of those instruments whereby order is maintained. In classical terms, architecture is a legislative form of building. The nature of its rules and their adaptation and modification in light of different circumstances and changing political and economic circumstances is considered by way of preface to selective study of the architecture of legislation and government, in the first half of the course. The second half of the lecture programme continues the typological approach, view in turn those various buildings by which the ills of nature and society are prevented or kept at bay, and security is maintained within the city.
Course description Section 1 (block 1): Legislation and government
Ten lectures looking at the architectural language of order and authority in western Europe from the Renaissance to the present day exemplified by urban typologies, like the piazza, and architectural typologies, like the town hall and the parliament building.
Section 2 (block 2): Sanctuary and Sequestration
Ten lectures that consider the urban and architectural consequences of the response to the peril from nature and human nature. The city responds to war, disease, immorality, criminality, riot and disorder, infection, etc, by fortification, hospitals, monasticism,workhouses, prisons, boulevards, sewerage systems, etc.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements *This course is closed in 2019/20, other than to students who are re-taking it on an assessment-only basis. For an alternative Architectural History course, take a look at Architectural History and Heritage in Practice (ARHI08008)*

Students must have achieved 20 credits of Architectural History at First Level.

Those students for whom it is a compulsory component within their degree must have achieved 40 credits of Architectural History at First Level.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of connections between architecture and the social, economic and political circumstances within which it is located - tested by the Essay.
  2. Demonstrate ability to evaluate urban phenomena in social contexts - tested by the Exam and the end of semester.
  3. Research, analyse and present, in written and report form, themes appropriate to the course content - tested by the Tutorial Presentation.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None
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Course organiserDr Elizabeth Petcu
Tel: (0131 6)50 2619
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328
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