Space, Place and Locality

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Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
05 July 2019


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Module description

This module investigates architecture and the built environment. It introduces students to the study of architecture and urbanism through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and site visits. It takes in a long span of history, focusing on a number of representative case studies. Visits will be made to a various different locations, relating to different periods of architecture and urbanism, and with a particular focus on the rich variety of built environments and landscapes that may be found in the vicinity of the University of Essex itself.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

1. to introduce students to a wide range of methods, research materials, scholarly approaches and relevant terminology associated with a study of art history, architecture, and visual culture more generally;

2. to stimulate students to develop skills in oral and written communication through essays, debate in seminars, and written exercises;

3. to introduce students to architecture in situ, in addition to their classroom studies.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

1. demonstrate a sound grasp of the forces that shaped the construction and use of the sites and buildings studied in the module;

2. demonstrate the ability to interpret visual culture based on knowledge of the appropriate historical and interpretative contexts;

3. demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the experience of being at, and moving around, all of the sites visited as part of the module

By the end of the module, students should also have acquired a set of transferable skills, and in particular be able to:

1. define the task in which they are engaged and exclude what is irrelevant;

2. seek and organise the most relevant discussions and sources of information;

3. process a large volume of diverse and sometimes conflicting arguments;

4. compare and evaluate different arguments and assess the limitations of their own position or procedure;

5. write and present verbally a succinct and precise account of positions, arguments, and their presuppositions and implications;

6. be sensitive to the positions of others and communicate their own views in ways that are accessible to them;

7. think 'laterally' and creatively (i.e., to explore interesting connections and possibilities, and to present these clearly rather than as vague hunches);

8. maintain intellectual flexibility and revise their own position based on feedback;

9. think critically and constructively.

Module information

Students go on 4 trips as part of this module and are given a subsidy of £15 by the School of Philosophy and Art History for each trip. Students will know which weeks the trips will be taking place so are advised to arrange travel in advance to make sure the subsidy covers the cost.

Learning and teaching methods

2 hour seminars and up to four site visits.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework In-class Slide Test 10%
Coursework In-class Tests TOTAL 20%
Coursework Essay (1500 words) 18/02/2020 30%
Coursework Essay (2500 words) 20/04/2020 40%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Caspar Pearson



External examiner

Prof Richard Simon Clay
Newcastle University
Professor of Digital Cultures
Available via Moodle
Of 39 hours, 12 (30.8%) hours available to students:
27 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Art History and Theory

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