Explorations into landscape architecture
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Syllabus and other information
LK0432 Explorations into landscape architecture, 15.0 CreditsIntroduktion till landskapsarkitektur
Education cycleMaster’s level
|Introduction: workshops, excursions and seminars
|Project: The Site
|Project: The Neighbourhood
|Project: Large Landscapes
|Portfolio and learning statement
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Master’s level (A1N)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 120 credits, of which
specific entry requirements: 90 credits in one of the following subjects:
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• spatial planning
• landscape science
• environmental science
• civil engineering.
English 6 or equivalent.
After completion of the course the students should be able to
- have a thorough understanding of landscape architecture both as an academic subject and as a professional field
- show a certain familiarity with the sketch as a tool to explore and test spatial characteristics and problems by giving shape to thoughts and ideas
- be able to make an individual study plan with a selection of courses suited to their present competence
The course treats the aims, methods and practice of landscape architecture which are introduced theoretically and applied through practice in exercises and projects. These projects are set as specific case studies where the students over time will add knowledge and outcomes to a context in both place and space in different scales.
Landscape architecture is explored through a combination of case studies, projects, lectures, literature studies, workshops and excursions. Findings and insights are discussed in seminars.
The course focuses on the following general skills:
Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, visual communication, ability to work autonomously.
The following sections are compulsory:
Compulsory exercises, seminars and field trips are marked in timetable.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
Approved participation in compulsory components, approved project work, approved course portfolio.
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationThe course is aimed at students intending to study second-cycle courses in Landscape Architecture with first-cycle qualification in an adjacent field of study.
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
All litterature will either be handed out free of charge at the start of the course or be available online.
Thompson, Ian H, Landscape Architecture: A Very Short Introduction, Oxfor University Press, 2014.
Ecerpts and short texts
Oles ,Thomas, Abelman, Jacques, Timmermans, Marieke, Go With Me: 50 Steps to Landscape Thinking, Architectura & Natura, 2014.
Spirn, Anne Whiston, The language of landscape. Yale University Press, 1998.
Suggested reading will be published at the course learning platform during the course.