Postgraduate Course: Architecture in Victorian Britain: Theory, Practice, Culture (ARCH11237)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Often referred to as the 'age of improvement', the Victorian era was one of unprecedented growth and development. The Victorians not only benefited from the technological advantages afforded by the full flowering of the Industrial Revolution but also enjoyed the profits that came with Britain's economic and political rise to world dominance. With this rise came profound social change as politicians, academics, social reformers, manufacturers, and religious leaders vied to institute new sensibilities regarding morality, spirituality, science, charity, education, and political representation. This transformation naturally affected the type and style of buildings that were erected during this period, dramatically altering the character of Britain's rural and urban landscapes.
This course considers the architectural consequences of these transformations by exploring the development of theories and practices in architecture in the context of the social and cultural changes (and challenges) that gave rise to them. Although the Victorian era may be seen to have come to a close with the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the course will conclude by examining how these transformations were carried through and further developed in the first decade of the twentieth century leading up to the First World War.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||4,000 word essay - 70%
2,000 word review - 30%
||Written feedback for both essay and review submissions. Feedback on essay will be issued before review submission.
|No Exam Information
| 1. Knowledge of the history and cultural significance of architecture in Britain (and elsewhere) during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
2. An awareness of the social, religious, political, and educational use and manipulation of architecture during the Victorian period.
3. An understanding of the wider relationship between Victorian ideals and the 'improvement' of the built environment.
4. Knowledge of the different ways in which change in Victorian society affected architecture and urban space.
5. An appreciation for the way changes in technology, industry, and the capitalist economy in Britain transformed the built environment.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Alex Bremner
Tel: (0131 6)50 2320
|Course secretary||Miss Fanny To
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773