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Postgraduate Course: Wartime: Military encounters in British art from the Seven Years' War (1756-63) to the Battle of Waterloo (1815) [L11] (HIAR11127)

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
SummaryThis course addresses military encounters in visual and material culture in Britain, from the second half of the eighteenth century to 1815, a period in which Britain was engaged in a sequence of wars across the globe.
Course description This course addresses the visualisation and materialisation of aspects of war fought between Britain and her enemies. It considers this period as one of intense wartime which witnessed the Seven Years┬┐ War, the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. In pictorial terms, it is bookended by Benjamin West's The Death of General Wolfe, 1770 and David Wilkie's Chelsea Pensioners Receiving the London Gazette Extraordinary of Thursday, June 22, 1815, announcing the Battle of Waterloo, 1822. The course looks at a wealth and range of relevant martial materials via case-studies, including colossal oil on canvas history paintings, monumental sculptures erected in Westminster Abbey, London, the popular immersive spectacle of the panorama, fashionable portraiture, battlefield tourism and military uniforms and accessories. It seeks to understand how civilians experienced wartime by thinking about the various visual and material modes and modalities by which it was mediated between foreign theatres of operations and the domestic sphere.
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV2) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 4000 word essay 100% - submitted weeks 8-11
Feedback Students are given feedback on FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT as follows:
Students will submit a mid-semester essay plan (c.500 words) and annotated preliminary bibliography. Written feedback on the student plans will be provided with the opportunity for a one-to-one follow-up meeting.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Written feedback on student essays will be provided, in addition to the opportunity for a one-to-one meeting towards the end of semester.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of British involvement in warfare from around 1750 to 1815.
  2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ways in which warfare in this period was represented in visual and material culture.
  3. Demonstrate some measure of independence in analysing the ways in which civilians in this period understood and experienced warfare in both foreign and domestic realms, as this can be seen in the visual and material culture of the time.
  4. Demonstrate some measure of independence in critically examining the scholarship of warfare and its representation in this period.
Reading List
Nigel Arch, 'The wearing of the red: The redcoat and the British brand', Costume, 41.1 (2007), 99-104.
Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837, (3rd edition, New Haven and London, 2009)
Mary A. Favret, War at a Distance: Romanticism and the making of modern wartime, (Princeton, 2010)
Stuart Semmel, 'Reading the tangible past: British tourism, collecting and memory after Waterloo, Representations, 69 (2000), 9-37
Katie Trumpener and T. J. Barringer (eds.), On the viewing platform: The panorama between canvas and screen, (New Haven and London, 2020)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis; Clear thinking and the development of an argument; Independent research; Presentation and communication skills; Organisation and planning; Teamwork through group discussion
KeywordsWar,British history,American Revolution,Napoleonic Wars,French Revolution,Military dress
Course organiserProf Viccy Coltman
Tel: (0131 6)50 8426
Course secretaryMiss Chloe Hancock
Tel: (0131 6)50 4124
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