Courses - Harlow ECL Programme
This 2013 English Cultural Landscape programme will consist of four courses that will enable students to investigate the wide range of English material culture found in the cultural landscape today. Two courses will deal with English architecture, one course with the evolving morphology of English towns, and one with issues relating to urban heritage conservation and the way in which English landscape and culture are displayed in museums and historic sites. There are no prerequisites for any of these courses.
Folk 3713: A History of English Architecture I: Roman to Medieval
This course will examine the English architectural traditions that had the initial and most permanent impact on the cultural landscape that is seen today. Architecture will be examined chronologically: Roman building types and materials; Anglo-Saxon housing; the various stages of the medieval (Romanesque, Gothic, Decorated, Perpendicular), and the initial impact of the Renaissance on Tudor buildings. All types of privileged buildings will be examined: cathedrals, castles, parish churches. Vernacular housing will be examined as well. Special attention will be given to architecture of the farm, fishery, and other food-related traditions, as well as changes in the kitchen and dining room of the English house over time. Architecture will be examined as a cultural product of time and place.
Folk 3714: A History of English Architecture II: Early Modern to Postmodern
An examination of buildings from the seventeenth century to the present. The Tudor rebuilding of the English landscape will be examined, with discussions of Continental influences on forms and technologies. Eighteenth century Georgian styles will be discussed, and their impact on urban cities and towns. The nineteenth century was largely a century of style revivals, followed by the twentieth century's concern with form and materials. Buildings elite, popular and vernacular will be examined, public architecture as well as private dwellings. Special attention will be given to architecture of the farm, fishery, and other food-related traditions, as well as changes in the kitchen and dining room of the English house over time. As in the earlier course, architecture will be examined as a cultural product of time and place.
Geography 3900: Heritage Conservation and Cultural Resources Management
An examination of issues relating to heritage conservation and the management of cultural resources in the contemporary English context. Case studies will include archaeological sites, museums, heritage districts and urban locations where development pressures and the desire to conserv e townscape elements are in conflict. The changing definitions of heritage and of cultural resources, their preservation and methods of display; and the role of public and private sectors in the heritage conservation industry will be examined.
Geography 3990: The Making of the English Town
An examination of the evolution of towns in England from the time of the Roman occupation to the present, with particular emphasis on Harlow and London. Because towns are human creations they reflect the hopes, aspirations, and felt needs of the societies which create and modifiy them. Townscapes, comprising the town plan, land use patterns and assemblages of buildings will be examined in the context of changing cultural, political and economic environments.
Folklore 3713 and 3714 can be counted as geography credits. Geography 3900 and 3990 can be counted as electives in folklore and history.
Evaluation for these courses will be based on:
1. Mid-term examinations that will be written at the end of the six weeks of classes in St. John's and before departure for Harlow;
2. A field journal that will document the field trips.
3. Field research project. Each student will choose one course in which to do a field research project which will consist of a library paper completed before departure to Harlow, and a field documentation paper on the materials of the project. This paper will be due upon our return to Canada.
4. Final examinations. Three final exams will be written in Harlow, one in each of the three courses for which a field research project is not completed.
Graduate students can participate in the programme, taking two special graduate courses. Graduate students will attend pre-Harlow lectures, take part in all field trips, and complete a research paper for each course on a field topic.