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Postgraduate Course: Cultural Landscapes Colloquium (ARCH11226)

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
SummaryCultural landscape" is a key theme that provides connections in theory and practice within and across disciplines throughout the arts, humanities and social sciences. Drawing on disciplines as diverse as cultural geography, cultural studies, architecture and landscape architecture, art history, literature, archaeology and social anthropology, this course will examine histories, contemporary theories, themes and disciplines that underpin the field of cultural landscape studies. Through weekly seminars, students will engage with key classic and current readings that focus on inter-disciplinary theoretical understandings and approaches on cultural landscape. Following a participatory pedagogy model, this course will allow students to take leadership of a number of seminars. In particular, students will be asked to choose the topic and key readings of a set of seminars and lead the discussion. There will also be seminars led by guest speakers.
Course description This course aims to engage students with diverse theories and practices on cultural landscapes through actively participating in the organization and dissemination of seminars. More specifically, students will:

1. Critically reflect on the readings relevant to the weekly seminars via oral presentations.

2. Conduct background research on the topic of weekly seminars and contribute informed postings to the course┬┐s weblog .

3. Write a reflective essay on a topic relevant to one of the weekly seminars engaging on both key and further readings.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements NOTE: students in MSc Cultural Landscapes are required to take Exploring Cultural Landscapes I: Specific Field Site in Semester 1
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 28, Summative Assessment Hours 32, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students are required to prepare two assessments throughout the course:

An oral presentation (up to 20 minutes) on two key readings.

A reflective essay (up to 3,000 words) on a theoretical subject and/or approach around cultural landscapes.

Both assignments are based on individual work.

Oral presentation 30%
Report (3,000 words) 70%
Feedback Students will submit a 500 word abstract on the reflective essay and receive written formative feedback by the Course Organiser within 15 working days from submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Capacity to research a given theme on cultural landscape studies, comprehend the key texts that constitute the significant positions and debates within it, and contextualise it within a wider historical, cultural, social, intellectual and/or theoretical frame.
  2. Ability to conduct critical analysis on theoretical ideas and theories, practices and methodologies relevant to the study of cultural landscapes.
  3. Ability to coherently and creatively communicate the research, comprehension and contextualisation of a given theoretical theme in relation to cultural landscape studies using textual, visual and/or digital media.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Generic Cognitive Skills: Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues, or issues that are informed by forefront developments in the subject/discipline/sector; identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues; develop original and creative responses to problems and issues; critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline/sector;

Communication, Numeracy and IT Skills: communicate using appropriate methods with peers; produce and respond to detailed written and oral communication in familiar contexts; use standard ICT applications to process, obtain and combine information.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others: work alone or with others on tasks with regular, directive supervision; contribute to the setting of goals, timelines etc.; identify strengths and weaknesses relative to the work
Keywordsnew cultural landscapes,interdisciplinary theories,landscape studies,world heritage,temporality
Course organiserDr Penny Travlou
Tel: (0131 6)51 5825
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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