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Undergraduate Course: Living in France, 1570-1970 (ARHI10057)

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 probes the history of domestic architecture in France between 1570 and 1970, emphasizing the shifts in patterns of uses of space, the introduction of new technology, architectural and design theory, and the ability of architects to respond to questions of cultural and socioeconomic importance through a consideration of the major structures and primary documents along with prevailing secondary literature.
Course description In this Honours course you will consider the primary developments in French housing and domestic architecture between the late sixteenth century and the late twentieth century, along with the many significant primary texts and visual material associated with them. Its approach that intensively focuses on a specific topic in one country invites you to relate and distinguish the various building paradigms invented and extended to address the continuing age-old question of how to successfully design the primary spaces for living and their effects on national and regional identities. In your exploration of phenomena such as the country château, the royal palace, the Haussmannian apartment building, the urban hôtel, the modernist villa, the high-rise housing block, and the artist's cottage, you will seek to define what it has meant to create a distinctly French place to live in an ever-shifting set of political, socioeconomic, environmental, and material contexts, and become familiar with the scholarly perspectives identified with them as outlined by key historians in the field.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents should already have passed a course with an essay-based assessment component.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  31
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment 1: (40% of the student's term mark) You will complete a weekly reading diary of roughly 250 words that engages the topics covered in the weekly programme and demonstrates your ability to critically examine the texts assigned for each week.
Assessment 2: (60% of the student's term mark) A two-hour exam, wherein students are requested to answer two essay questions out of a choice of seven relating to the course content.

Formative assessment: Each student will present one reading to the entire class (once a semester). The presentation will (1) summarise the content of the article or chapter, (2) introduce to the class who the author is and his/her stake and interest in the subject matter, and (3) critically assess the argument and methods used in the text, ideally providing questions to serve as jumping-off points for the discussion with the entire class that will follow the presentation. The instructor will provide written feedback to each student within one week of each presentation with comments and suggestions for improvement.
Feedback You will be given written feedback on both the presentation that you give in class as well as the reading diary.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)0:05
Resit Exam Diet (August)0:05
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Differentiate the major structures, architects, and movements in housing and domestic design in France between 1570 and 1970
  2. Critically assess the underlying sociocultural forces behind the shifts in French domestic architecture appropriate to specific building types
  3. Evaluate several key nodes of interchange in architectural thought and practice between architects and urbanists working in France (and potentially elsewhere)
  4. Articulate a critical perspective on key primary and secondary texts addressing the architecture of domestic spaces in France
Reading List
+ Benton, Tim. The Villas of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Basel/Boston: Birkhäuser, 2007.
+ Curtis, William. Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms. Oxford: Phaidon, 1986.
+ Loyer, François. Paris Nineteenth Century: Architecture and Urbanism. trans. Charles Clark. New York: Abbeville Press, 1988.
+ Loyer, François, and Hélène Guéné. Henri Sauvage: Les Immeubles Gradins = Set Back Houses. Brussels: Mardaga, 1987.
+ Viollet-le-duc, Eugène-Emmanuel. How to Build a House. trans. Benjamin Bucknall. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Steele, 1874.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to show readiness to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in the subject.
Students will be able to communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists about the topic.
Students will identify areas where change and development and/or new thinking in this field could be made.
Course organiserDr Peter Clericuzio
Tel: (0131 6)50 2331
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328
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