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Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introductory survey of architectural history in a range of global settings between c. 1775 and 2000. It is not just about buildings and designs, but seeks to place architecture in its historical contexts. What can architecture tell us about wider developments in social, political, cultural and urban history? How did those contexts inform design and practice?

Course description Running through the course is the idea of 'modernity'. How has this idea informed architectural debate and production? The course begins with the stylistic revivals that dominated western architecture in the early nineteenth century. It also discusses the nineteenth century development of new typologies along with the new materials and technologies that made them possible. In the second part of the course, we turn to twentieth-century Modernism in global contexts, including Europe, Africa, and Latin America. We will explore how architects and their clients sought to invent new architectures, and the ways in which the results balanced international agendas with local and national concerns. The course concludes with the revision of Modernism in the 1950's and 60's and the emergence of a Post-modern consciousness.

We welcome the perspectives that students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds can bring to the course. We understand architecture in its wider historical and cultural contexts. No previous knowledge of architecture or its terminology is expected. The course is not a 'technical' one, nor does it involve design/drawing. It features introductory lectures (three per week), tutorial discussions (including site visits) (one per week), and independent reading/preparation (around 9-10 hours per week is expected).

The course follows the semester 1 course, Architectural History 1A, but either course may be taken as a standalone option.
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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1) Class Presentation, 7-minute presentation, 10%. These take place in weeks 4-7; the PowerPoint slides and notes are submitted for assessment in week 11.

2) Essay (2000 words) 50%, due for submission usually in weeks 9-10. The essay will demonstrate clear engagement with scholarly literature and the development of an analytical response.

3) Examination (2 hours) 40%, during the examination period

All components of assessment relate to all Learning Outcomes.

Students must achieve a mark of at least 40% on aggregate in order to pass the course. There are no 'Force Fails' for this course.
Feedback Formative feedback
Tutorial activities will offer verbal formative feedback on skills necessary for success in the essay and exam.

Brief formative feedback on the presentations in weeks 4-7 is provided by the tutors straight away, either by e-mail or verbally in class. Students can use this feedback to revise their final submission of the presentation materials; it will also inform work on their essay.

Summative feedback
Summative feedback will be provided on the presentation (following final submission) and the essay, as per University regulations. This will include an overall mark, a text comment as well as grades for the categories of Knowledge, Analysis and Presentation. A single mark will be provided for the exam.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of architecture, design, and the related arts after c. 1775, in their artistic, social, political, and programmatic contexts and with an awareness of their consequences and implications.
  2. Locate and start to critically appraise historians' work on the history and theory of architecture and the related arts since c. 1775, in support of a reflective and informed approach to architectural history and design precedent.
  3. Demonstrate the development of communication skills relating to the key themes of the course.
Reading List
A full course resource list is provided on Learn.

The core course texts are:
Bergdoll, B. (2000) European Architecture, 1750-1890. OUP Oxford; Illustrated edition

Curtis, W.J.R. (1996) Modern Architecture since 1900. Phaidon Press; 3rd edition

Frampton, K. (2007) Modern Architecture: A Critical History. Thames and Hudson, London.

Fraser, M. (2019) Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture. (2 Vol Slipcase Edition) Bloomsbury Visual Arts; 21st revised edition.

James-Chakraborty, K. (2014) Architecture Since 1400. Univ of Minnesota Press; Illustrated edition
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: conduct research and enquiry into issues relevant to architectural history, synthesised into a coherent, evidenced written outcome.

Personal and intellectual autonomy: think independently and exercise personal judgment, to recognise and address ethical dilemmas, social responsibility and sustainability issues, with relevance to architectural history.

Personal effectiveness: have an ability to prioritise, plan and effectively use resources to achieve self-directed aims, while managing time effectively.

Communication: be able to communicate complex ideas and arguments to produce clear, structured work.
Additional Class Delivery Information 3 lectures or equivalents per week (1-10)
1 tutorial or digital equivalent per week (2-11)
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alistair Fair
Tel: (0131 6)51 3913
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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