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Undergraduate Course: Material Cultures (ARTX10043)

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
SummaryFrom food to the body, cities to ruins, and kitchens to landscapes and graves, we shape 'stuff' (material culture) from the world in which we live, and we, in turn, are shaped by that stuff.

Course description Through a diverse series of lectures and fieldtrips, this course examines what we can learn from studying the things and places we make and use on an everyday basis, and demonstrates that exploring them from multiple points of view and diverse methodological frameworks helps us understand the way 'culture' operates and changes through time and space, and the political ramifications of this.

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:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 11/01/2021
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, External Visit Hours 2, Online Activities 8, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 4000 word essay (100%)
Feedback Formative assessment (feed forward) will be given in relation to the written assessment at the mid-point of semester. Students will be asked to prepare an outline or draft proposal of their written assessment task and will receive verbal or written feed forward / feedback on this in advance of the final submission date. Students will receive full written feedback on completion of the summative assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Research and show a critical understanding and autonomy in identifying and distinguishing between resources that characterise contemporary material culture studies, including texts, artefacts and images.
  2. Analysis: Demonstrate a critical understanding of complex issues related to materialism and materiality, and analyse, evaluate and reflect upon their relationships to contemporary art methods and practices.
  3. Communication: Successfully communicate your original research, analysis and professional initiative in a well structured, coherent and creative form.
Reading List
Blaxter, L. et al (2001) How to Research. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Booth, W. et al (1995) The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Cottrell, S (2005) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Rampley, M. (ed) (2001) Exploring Visual Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Rose, G (2001) Visual Methodologies. London: Sage.

Sturken M & Cartwright L (2001) Practices of Looking. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research methods, self motivated practice, collaboration, negotiation, critical evaluation.
KeywordsVisual culture,critical evaluation,presentation,research.
Course organiserDr Angela McClanahan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5885
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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