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Victorian Architecture: Themes and Ideas 1840-1914 (ARHI10033)


Architectural History





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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 Architecture, Architectural History and/or History of Art courses, at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that Architectural History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any Architectural History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Architecture department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

Often referred to as the 'age of improvement', the Victorian era was one of unprecedented growth and development. The Victorians not only benefited from the technological advantages afforded by the full flowering of the Industrial Revolution but also enjoyed the profits that came with Britain's economic and political rise to world dominance. With this rise came profound social change as politicians, academics, social reformers, manufacturers, and religious leaders vied to institute new sensibilities regarding morality, spirituality, science, charity, education, and political representation. This transformation naturally affected the type and style of buildings that were erected during this period, dramatically altering the character of Britain's rural and urban landscapes. This course considers the architectural consequences of these transformations by exploring the development of theories and practices in architecture in the context of the social and cultural changes (and challenges) that gave rise to them. Although the Victorian era may be seen to have come to a close with the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the course will conclude by examining how these transformations were carried through and further developed in the first decade of the twentieth century leading up to the First World War.

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Written Exam 40%, Coursework 10%, Practical Exam 50%

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