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Postgraduate Course: The Home and the City: France 1570-1970 (ARHI11015)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course probes the history and historiography 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 PG 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. The course's intensive focus 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 these phenomena.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment
The formative assessment is primarily based on a circa-400-word essay plan, replete with a tentative bibliography, which you will submit during the middle of the term. The instructors will return the essay plan to you with written comments and suggestions as to the direction of the essay for its completion within the following week. A second component is based on a class presentation of about 20 minutes you will give on one week's assigned readings, which could have bearing on your choice for the summative essay for the course. The instructors will give you written comments and suggestions within the following week.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment is based on a research essay you will submit, taking into account Learning Outcomes 1 - 5, during the examination period (85%), as well as your submission of a weekly reading diary (15%).
Component 1: You will complete a weekly reading diary of roughly 250 words per week that engages the topics covered in the weekly programme and demonstrates your ability to critically examine the texts assigned for each week. You will submit it weekly on Turnitin through Learn before each class, and at the end of the term, it will be collated and marked by the instructor and returned as one document to you.
Component 2: You will complete a 4,000-word essay that focuses one of the movements presented during the course and incorporates original research on primary and secondary sources, and is based on the essay plan you will submit in the middle of the term. This submission is due near the end of the semester.
Feedback You will be given written feedback on both the presentation that you give in class as well as the essay plan that you submit in preparation for the final paper submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the major structures, architects, and movements in housing and domestic design in France between 1570 and 1970.
  2. Outline and describe in depth the underlying sociocultural forces behind the shifts in French domestic architecture appropriate to specific building types.
  3. Critically engage with diverse textual, visual, and built sources, revising the terms of debate as established in key literature.
  4. Assess several key nodes of interchange in architectural thought and practice between architects and urbanists working in different geographic locations.
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 demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking in this field.
Course organiserDr Peter Clericuzio
Tel: (0131 6)50 2331
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328
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