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Undergraduate Course: City as a Work of Art: Western Urbanism 1960 to the Present Day (HIAR10087)

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 is an urban theory course for art historians. It surveys key ideas in urban theory from the past 30 years, focused on two related concepts: the aestheticisation of the city through the rhetoric of 'creativity', and the politicisation of the city through urban citizenship and activism. Both trends have been accompanied by a striking trend towards (re) urbanization, and some spectacular architecture that puts culture at its heart. These attempts are usually followed by social and political controversies and could stir public uproar and resistance. The course provides a critical examination of these trends, focused on the experiences of Europe, Latin America and the United States. It explains how we got to this point, where we are now, and likely developments. No previous knowledge of urban theory is required. The main requisites are an open mind, and the willingness to read widely and eclectically. A key question throughout is: how do contemporary ideas about urban life make themselves visible? We will ask this repeatedly, and in different ways.
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: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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:  21
Course Start Semester 2
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 x 2,000 word extended essay (50%)
Feedback Feedback is provided on formative assessments as follows: written or verbal feedback on class presentations and one-to-one feedback on essay plans.
Students are expected to assimilate all feedback and apply when working on their essays.

The course involves a significant amount of group work in class. Students will be expected to work regularly in pairs or small groups, and to present findings to the whole group.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)24 hour online examination paper0:05
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a good general understanding of key urban theories in the United States and Europe from 1960 to the present, and how they interrelate.
  2. Do close visual analysis of cityscapes covered by the course.
  3. Do close visual analysis of individual buildings covered by the course.
  4. Analyse representations of cities in the visual arts (film, photography, occasionally painting).
  5. Understand the key terms used in the course, including the following: Modernism, Postmodernism, Regeneneration, Gentrification, Creative industries, the Culture industry, Postindustrial.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Richard Williams
Tel: (0131 6)51 6792
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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