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Undergraduate Course: The Scottish Country House: Class, Gender and Politics (ARHI10044)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the architectural, social and economic history of the country house in Scotland in the (very) long eighteenth century, between the Restoration and the end of the Georgian period.
Course description See Academic Description

This course studies the development of the country house in Scotland over the late Stewart and Georgian period. It considers this typology in relation to the architectural, social, economic and political context of the time and considers it also in relation to its landscape setting.
There is a strong emphasis on how the country house actually functioned with consideration of the influences on this and the way this was reflected in architectural design.
The course gives students the opportunity to work with original, archival material, ranging from building accounts and contracts, on the one hand, to private letters and furniture inventories, on the other. We will visit a number of houses in the immediate Edinburgh area to explore and analyse both houses and their accompanying landscapes.
Students will work, with guidance, on small research projects on aspects of the country house and its setting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs local field trips
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is available to visiting students with some demonstrable background in architecture, architectural history, history of art or history
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate sound knowledge of the stylistic development of country House architecture and landscape design in Scotland over the period in question Demonstrate sound knowledge of the use of basic archival sources for researching the country House
  2. Evidence an understanding of the relationship between the Country House and its social, political and economic milieux
  3. Evidence an understanding of the functional aspects of the planning of the Country House and the relationship between plan, furnishing and decoration
  4. Demonstrate the ability to synthesise a variety of primary and secondary sources, written, visual and material, to create a convincing analysis of architectural/landscape design
  5. Demonstrate the ability to plan, research, write and present, using a variety of media, a clear and well-argued point of view on a given topic, with some guidance.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate Attributes:
Research & Enquiry:
Provide clear, well-organised arguments concerning the interpretation of works of architecture, and to identify, define and analyse archaeological problems, in the form of both oral and written presentations.
Make appropriate use of primary documentation and historical sources to illuminate works of architecture and archaeological artefacts and remains.
Employing the diverse resources that are available for obtaining information, ideas and images, such as books, journals, the internet, and slide and image libraries.
Take account of the fact that works of architecture will have been through processes of change that will have altered their original forms.
Collaborating with others in group work.
Personal & Intellectual Autonomy:
Ability to read texts critically, with an awareness of the assumptions and attitudes that underlie them and underpin interpretation
The ability to work independently, especially through project work and dissertations
Communication skills
Communicate effectively with other people, using verbal and written means and through presentations
KeywordsScottish Architecture,Eighteenth century,country house,castle,landscape garden,domestic archite
Course organiserMr John Lowrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2314
Course secretaryMs Ellie Wallace
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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