APL8008 : History of the Designed Landscape

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to the history of the designed landscape, relating developments in landscape design to the social and economic conditions which prevailed during various periods and in various locations, and also to cultural and scientific developments. They are also encouraged to explore the linkages between landscape architecture and related disciplines, e.g. art, architecture and town planning at these various stages.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is based around a course of ten lectures, chronologically and geographically themed to cover the most significant periods and places in the development of landscape design, including the Classical world, China and Japan, the Mughal Empire, Moorish Spain, Renaissance Italy and France, eighteenth and nineteenth century England and the twentieth century West. Specific topics covered include the Picturesque, the public parks movement, the Garden City, Modernism, Land Art, etc. The lectures are intended to guide private study.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading173:0073:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork17:007:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A lecture course is the most suitable way to introduce students to a very broad topic. The lectures will be the means to support and encourage students in their reading.

The fieldtrips will introduce the students to some local historical landscapes which will aid the content taught in lectures.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100MCQ Exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

MCQ is considered the best way to assess the acquisition of a broad knowledge across a wide field of study.

Reading Lists