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2012/13 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1041 Museum and Country House Studies 1: The English Country House

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Kerry Bristol
Email: k.a.c.bristol@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2012/13

Co-requisites

ARTF1042Museum & Country House Stud 2

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

- Are you interested in the decorative arts (furniture, textiles, wallcoverings, ceramics etc) architecture, sculpture or fine art?- Do you enjoy visiting country houses, museums and art galleries? - Have you ever stopped to think about the role that these institutions and objects play in contemporary cultures? - What relevance do they have for people today? - Are they really 'part of our heritage' and, if so, what does this mean? - What issues are involved in curating and displaying collections? This module offers you the opportunity to explore these and other questions through the consideration of recent theories and practices.Emphasis is placed on working directly with collections and the module will include study visits to:- Harewood House- Temple Newsam House

Objectives

- To introduce students to the architecture of the country house and its use as a museum in the twenty first century.
- To understand and articulate the different approaches to the country house used in architectural writing.
- To assess the different approaches used when presenting the country house to an audience as a museum and be able to discuss the history of visiting the country house.
- To introduce students to some of the important country houses in their region, including Harewood, Lotherton and Temple Newsam.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students:
- should understand what we mean by the title 'The Country House' through gaining an understanding of the themes and methodologies of architectural and decorative art history;
- will be able to 'read' a building through plans, construction and materials;
- will understand the different approaches to the country house used in architectural writing and will be able to assess the different approaches when presenting the country house to an audience as a museum and be able to discuss the history of visiting the country house.

Through various visits, students will become familiar with the country houses in the Leeds area and will learn to use them as examples in class and in essays, seminar papers and exams. The module also aims to develop first year students' understanding of different teaching methods and will focus on aspects of presenting ideas to class.

Skills outcomes
Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument.
Use of audio visual aids
Participation in group discussions
Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
Using bibliographies and databases


Syllabus

This module aims to provide the student with a number of methodologies by which to address the aristocratic building traditions of England. The module will include a consideration of the elements of architecture, furniture, decorative art, landscape and art history.

The Country House will be studied from its formation in the castellated, defensive mediaeval buildings of the 14th and 15th centuries right through to the Victorian Country House.

The module includes guided visits to Temple Newsam House and Harewood House, where students are encouraged to consider various approaches to the presentation of a country house to a 21st-century audience.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Visit23.006.00
Lecture82.0016.00
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to complete readings for prior to each visit or lecture, and to develop a bibliography throughout the module which will feed into their essays and exam preparation. They are also given feedback on their critical analysis of key texts on the module reading list through seminar presentations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be assigned two group class presentations, based on specific readings and themes arising from the module (non-assessed). The seminar teaching format in these sessions ensures ample opportunity for discussion and testing students' comprehension and progress. Lectures will be followed each week by a question and answer session, and visits will include the opportunity to test learning.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2-3,000 word essay50.00
Oral PresentationGroup presentation x 20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/03/2014

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