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The Social and Economic History of the Country House
On completion of this module students will be able to identify how the country house functioned as a social and economic unit. Students will also gain awareness of theoretical and cultural issues raised in the analysis of the country house and the social and economic questions relevant to its survival in the late twentieth century.
This module examines how the country house functioned as a social and economic unit. This is seen in the representation of social status and patterns of use in the planning and layout of the house and the different ways of circulating through the building. Two areas are of special interest here: the attitudes towards the country and the city; and the role women played in the design and daily life of the house. The relationship between a land-based wealth and how the decline of this agrarian economy effected the country house. The theoretical and cultural issues surrounding the survival of the country house in the late twentieth century are considered with specific reference to the country houses belonging to the syndicate.
Form of teaching
Seminars: 11 x 4 hour; Visits: 2 x 5 hours
Form of assessment
1 x 4,000 word essay. (Essays should be 6,000 words maximum, including all bibliographies, footnotes and appendices)
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