Undergraduate Course: Urbanism and the City: Past to Present (ARHI08010)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the global history of cities and the built environment from the beginnings of civilization to the present day. Through major historical writings and key secondary literature on urban design, it explores how modes of urban planning, construction, and revision have developed over time and circulated between cultures.
This undergraduate course investigates the global history of city design and urbanism from ancient times to the contemporary period. Through an interdisciplinary course bibliography and readings in key historical texts on urbanism, students will grasp the major historical trends and philosophies of urban emergence and development. Tutorials centred on Edinburgh site visits and training in research and writing will prepare students to perform first-hand research and compose original scholarship on the built environment. The goal of this course is to give students a critical acumen for evaluating the architectural transformation of the urban realm across disparate cultures and far-flung geographies over time, from Antiquity to the present day.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
The formative assessment is based (100%) on a circa 500-word Essay Plan, to be submitted prior to submission of the Essay, usually between weeks 4 and 6.
Assessment 1 Identifying sources (20%)
Assessment 2 Lecture content review (30%)
Assessment 3 Essay (2000 words)50%¿
Students must achieve a mark of at least 40% on aggregate in order to pass the course.
(I.E. there will be no Force Fails)
||Tutorial activities will focus on the skills necessary for success, particularly in the essay. Tutorial exercises will feed into this, especially on the technical aspects of researching and producing an essay.
Formative feedback will be provided around the middle of the course (approx. week 6) on an Essay proposal and plan
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Grasp urbanism as a subject. They will demonstrate understanding of major trends in global urban history from the beginning of civilization to the present day.
- Understand the process of doing urban history. They will show ability to develop an original research project through engagement with primary sources and close reading of key scholarly literature.
- Show familiarity with the histories and theories of urbanism. They will be in a position to explain the works of the major post-1800 thinkers on urban history and design.
- Demonstrate why urban design matters historically and in the present day. They will be able to articulate how urban development instantiates systems of political and cultural authority.
|Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities (New York: Random House, 1961).|
Kostof, Spiro. The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History (London: Thames & Hudson, 1999).
Lees, Andrew. The City: A World History (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2015).
Le Corbusier, The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning. Translated from the 8th edition of 'Urbanisme' by Frederick Etchells (New York: Dover, 1987).
Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1960).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. Critical and reflective skill related to architecture and urbanism.
2. Familiarity with routine research methods in architectural history.
3. Ability to contribute effectively in peer discussion.
4. Ability to communicate skilfully to a range of audiences.
|Keywords||Urbanism,Urban History,Cities,Global Exchange,Systems,Emergence,Complexity
|Course organiser||Dr Kirsten Carter McKee
|Course secretary||Miss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328