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Undergraduate Course: Rome: From Imperial Capital to Holy City, c. 300-1300 (HIAR10070)

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
SummaryThe City of Rome encapsulates the history and development of the Latin West. This course aims to give students an understanding and awareness of a living city and its influence throughout the medieval West as it evolved during the thousand-year period which elapsed between the pagan Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity and the removal of the papacy to Avignon.
Medieval Rome preserved but also transformed the legacy of the ancient world, turning antique buildings into churches and imposing on them new meanings and importance. The imperial heritage, ritual and public space, religious and secular architecture, mosaics, frescoes, icons and sculpture will be examined in their historical and intellectual contexts.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR Architectural History 2A (ARHI08002) AND Architectural History 2B (ARHI08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVVisiting students should have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above, and we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that 3rd year History of Art courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  22
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 24, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 24 hour online examination paper (50%) and 1 extended essay (2000 words) (50%)

Feedback All students submit an outline of the essay in progress, in week seven of the semester. Students will be given a ten-minute oral individual feedback on this within a few days of the hand-in date.

Marked and monitored essays are also returned to students in ten-minute individual feedback sessions before the end of the teaching period.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)24 hour online examination0:05
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain knowledge of art and architecture produced in Rome over a thousand years, and understanding of their multiple meanings, function, use and reception.
  2. Gain understanding of the interplay between archaeological, art-historical and written evidence, and will learn to make critical use of both textual and visual evidence.
  3. Gain understanding of the role of modern copies in the study of medieval works of art (in particular on the basis of the first-hand analysis of copies of medieval Roman mosaics at the National Galleries of Scotland).
  4. Learn to engage critically with modern scholarship and with different methodological approaches.
  5. Develop a connoisseurship, that is you will develop the visual and analytical skills required to provide an approximate date for an early medieval work of art and to understand its original function and context (in case of a loose fragment), and to date and attribute a late medieval work to an artist/workshop.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Amelia Hope Jones
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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