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Seminar BA3 Architectural History: Gothic Mania


Admission requirements

See Teaching and Examination Regulations.


From the sixteenth century onwards, the Middle Ages (c. 500- c. 1500) were defined as a separate period in history, from which society should distance itself. Classical antiquity was the norm to which to aspire, the Middle Ages were bad. It was not until the late eighteenth century that the Middle Ages came to be seen in a more favourable light. From then on, there was more interest in the preservation of Europe’s medieval heritage; the Middle ages even formed a source of inspiration for architects, artists and propagandists. In this seminar the reception of the Middle Ages in the post-medival world will be the focus of study, from the eighteenth century to today. Subjects can include the rise of heritage conservation, Goethe’s Von Deutscher Baukunst, Rhine-romanticism, Viollet-le-Duc and Lassus, Pierre Cuypers and Alfred Tepe, Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris, 1482, Pugin, Ruskin, Rodenbach’s novels Bruges-la-Morte and Le Carillonneur, Schinkel, Caspar David Friedrich and Carl Gustav Carus, Pre-Raphaelites, castles like that at Neuschwanstein, Nazi- ideologies concerning the Second Empire, Rodin, Monet, sky scrapers.

Course objectives

  • Students acquire insight in the art and architecture related to the phenomenon of medievalism studied during this course.

  • Students gain insight in the historiography of this subject.

  • Students learn to find, read and evaluate critically the relevant literature and learn to formulate a research question.

  • Students learn to reflect and theorize on the subject.

  • Students learn to think up and work out a case study.

  • Students learn to present this case study in class (20 minutes) with the use of PowerPoint and learn how to react adequately to questions and remarks from both students and teacher.

  • Students learn to write an academic paper of 5000 words, exclusive of notes and bibliography.


The timetable is available on the BA Art History website

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

  • Research

  • Excursion

Important: attendance in seminar sessions is mandatory! In case of no-show, the tutor should be informed about your absence prior to the actual seminar session. Moreover this course cannot be successfully completed by students that were absent more than twice. Only in exceptional cases, the Examination Committee may consider the possibility of an additional or substitute assignment. See also the Course and Examination Regulations

Course Load

Total course load for the course 10 ec x 28 hours = 280 hours:

26 hours: (2 hrs p.w x 13) Seminars
56 hours: (4 hrs p.w. x 13) Studying compulsory readings for seminars
32 hours: Work in class
16 hours: Preparing oral presentation and preparing PowerPoint
8 hours: Excursion
142 hours: Writing of final course paper, 4000 words (rereading texts, collecting research material, searching and reading additional literature, composing and writing of paper) —-

Assessment method

  • Work done in class: 20% of Final Grade.

  • Oral presentation: 20 % of Final Grade.

  • Final paper: 60% of Final Grade.

Compensation: The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for the final examination (or the main assignment) must be at least 6.0 at (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate for one constituent examination a 5.0 (but not a mark lower than 5.0) with the grade of another constituent examination which has the same weight in the average as the constituent examination it compensates.

Resit: The final paper should always be awarded with a 6,0 or higher. A single resit is possible for each individual item. If the oral presentation is judged to have been insufficient, an alternative task will be formulated.

Exam review: How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.


Blackboard will be used:

  • to present the student with information of the course;

  • to present the students the powerpoints shown in class and additional study material;

  • as a discussion forum.

Reading list

The reading list will be presented at the beginning of and during the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. E. (Elizabeth) den Hartog