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Undergraduate Course: Scottish Architecture 1650 to 1815 (ARHI10052)

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 delivers a systematic survey and analysis of the development of Scottish architecture from the seventeenth century to 1815 - a particularly fruitful period of development from the earlier castellated tradition to domestic and civic forms. We will examine buildings, styles and designing, vernacular buildings and designed landscapes. There will be a strong emphasis on archival skills and interpretation and the way that different historiographies impact on our understanding. Part of the course will look at films, such as Outlander, and consider how and why Scotland's landscape and architectural heritage are represented in particular ways and how they might be improved?
Course description Scotland's architecture is both romantic and practical, and this course takes full advantage of our tangible heritage for students to better know and understand its complexities. Students will be encouraged in seminars and site visits to participate in consultation and discussion. Site visits will offer a uniquely immediate experience of buildings, cityscapes and landscapes and their visual and physical impact on the reading of places.

The historiographical aspect will develop an authentic spirit of enquiry that transcends biases and received opinions, and the course offers a model for students to examine their own national heritages. The methodologies and analytical skills taught are transferable to other contexts and so the course will appeal to a diverse and inclusive community of oversees and home students - an aim compatible with ECA's desire to attract and disseminate knowledge to international students and researchers.

Students will give around 5 tutorial presentations throughout the semester, and a typical course structure would be likely to include:

1. Introduction, course programme and Castellated tradition
2. Vernacular materials and built forms
3. Site visit to Stirling - building analysis
4. Seventeenth century - developing domestic forms
5. Scottish Historical Landscape - local and international
6. Cities from 1650 to 1750. The archival record
7. Site visit to Haddington - urban analysis
8. Enlightenment and urbanism 1750-1815. Glasgow and Edinburgh
9. Historiographies in architecture and landscape
10. Interpreting Scottish architecture in the 21st century - new media
11. Revivalism and Romanticism

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005) OR Architectural History 1A: From Antiquity to Enlightenment (ARHI08001) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004) OR Architectural History: Introduction to World Architecture (ARCH08003) AND Architectural History: Revivalism to Modernism (ARCH08005) OR Architectural History 1A: Introduction to World Architecture (ARHI08009) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004)) AND ( Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) OR Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (Architectural History)
Additional Costs If no internal funding is available for this then the students will need 24 each to cover travel costs for site visits.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History of Art/Architectural History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the history of Scottish architecture.
  2. Acquire ability to think critically about historical sources.
  3. Acquire skills and knowledge for accessing research resources for landscape and architectural research.
Learning Resources
Brown, Marilyn Scotland's Lost Gardens: from the Garden of Eden to the Stewart Palaces, RCAHMS, 2012
Dunbar, J.G, Scottish royal palaces: the architecture of the royal residences during the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, East Linton, 1999
Glendinning, M., MacKechnie, A., MacInnnes, R., History of Scottish Architecture from the Renaissance to the present day, Edinburgh University Press, 1996
Howard, D., Scottish Architecture: Reformation to Restoration 1560-1660, Series, Architectural History of Scotland, Edinburgh University Press, 1995
McKean, Charles, The Scottish Chateau: the country house of renaissance Scotland, Stroud, 2001
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In line with level 10 of the SCQF, the course confers the following Graduate Attributes. Students will:

Make judgements where information is limited or comes from a range of sources (Characteristic 3).
Present or convey, formally and informally, information about specialised topics to informed audiences and to their peers (Characteristic 4).
Exercise autonomy and initiative in obtaining information and in evaluating research activities (Characteristic 5).
Work with others to bring about change, development and new thinking (Characteristic 5).
Course organiserMs Margaret Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5788
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328
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