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This is the only course in our History of Art degree that teaches you how to look at buildings. The country house legacy is one of the finest artistic achievements in Britain because it includes interior design, furnishings, landscaping and continuing family history, all in situ. We look at the changes in architectural style, combined with changes in the way people live, the roles of men, women, and servants. There will be opportunities to visit local country houses. Download Course Guide
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
The course begins with an examination of the medieval building tradition and house plans. The effect of Renaissance thinking and political contacts with the continent during the 16th century are studied. The effect of the Grand Tour and arrival of classical styles are tracked, along with the assembly and display of acquired treasures. Issues of social behaviour and class strata are examined in terms of house plans through the ages. The advances of technology are discussed in terms of changing behaviour. Current issues of conservation, taxation, government and private funding for stately homes are discussed directly with current owners.
Some additional payment will be charged for a field trip. Cost depends on numbers attending and method of transport.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Two 3,500 word essays (30% each); 1 one-hour visual-based test (30%); Class participation including presentation, (10%)
There will be interactive feedback on class participation. Essays will be handed back individually with comment.