Landscape art and the geography of eighteenth-century Britain HISTART5101

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine developments in the landscape arts in Britain over the course of the long eighteenth century, exploring the impact of human and physical geographical change in the period on a range of related cultural practices, including drawing, print-making, painting, gardening, urban planning poetry and travel writing.


2 hours weekly, lectures and seminars with associated visits.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





Essay (80%), 4,000 words

Oral presentation (20%), 15 mins.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to evaluate issues, methodological approaches and historical practice used in the study of the collecting, exploring and recording of Britain over the long eighteenth century, with particular reference to the landscape arts of the period;

■ Develop and support independent and critical analysis of primary and secondary resources in relevant history of collecting fields;

■ Support the development of research topics within the long eighteenth century;

■ Provide training and experience in aspects of collecting practice, to support the development of transferable skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Assess critically historical and methodological issues raised by the study of the landscape arts in Britain during the long eighteenth century;

■ Evaluate the appropriateness of a variety of methodological approaches and research techniques, and apply them to a specific topic;

■ Articulate to a high standard their ideas and opinions on the field of study in both verbal and written form, demonstrating a critical understanding of different views expressed in the literature;

■ Apply specialist knowledge to the study of the topic.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.