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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF3024 Curatorial Practice and the Country House 1950-present

20 creditsClass Size: 18

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

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Module replaces

ARTF3065 Heritage & History 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will question whether the second half of the twentieth century was one of doom and gloom or one in which successful county house owners adapted to survive. Key areas to be considered are methods of presentation to the visiting public, the role of the interior decorator, the 'Brideshead effect,' and exhibitions such as the Destruction of the Country House and Treasure Houses of Britain. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences as country house visitors and consumers of 'national heritage.'

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should:
- be able to understand the dramatic changes in attitude towards country houses and their owners that took place after World War II
- be cognisant of the roles that exhibitions (both within and external to the country house) and the National Trust have played in promoting the country house as part of a common national heritage
- be familiar with the different methods of display and interpretation that successful owners have adopted to survive
- have knowledge of key visual images and be able to locate them within their socio-political and cultural context
- be able to undertake a critical analysis of visual and textual documentation relating to the history of the country house in the second half of the twentieth century
- be able to carry out independent research into the country house history

Learning outcomes
With critical engagement suitable for a level three student. Students should:
- be able to understand the dramatic changes in attitude towards country houses and their owners that took place after World War II
be cognisant of the roles that exhibitions (both within and external to the country house) and the National Trust have played in promoting the country house as part of a common national heritage
- be familiar with the different methods of display and interpretation that successful owners have adopted to survive
- have knowledge of key visual images and be able to locate them within their socio-political and cultural context
- be able to undertake a critical analysis of visual and textual documentation relating to the history of the country house in the second half of the twentieth century
- be able to carry out independent research into the country house history

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


Syllabus

This module will question whether the second half of the twentieth century was one of doom and gloom or one in which successful county house owners adapted to survive. Key areas to be considered are methods of presentation to the visiting public, the role of the interior decorator, the 'Brideshead effect,' and exhibitions such as the Destruction of the Country House and Treasure Houses of Britain. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences as country house visitors and consumers of 'national heritage.'

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning103.0030.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

170 hours comprised of weekly reading, seminar presentation preparation, researching and writing one essay, researching and writing one critical review.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Oral presentation, Participation in class discussion, submission of assessed Critical Review in week 7.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500-3000 words50.00
Essay2500-3000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 18/06/2018

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