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APL8000 : Conceptualising Landscape (20 credits)

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Charlotte Veal
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module provides the principal introduction to landscape concepts and theory for the programme. It will introduce students to the various, and sometimes competing and opposed, ways in which landscape has been conceptualised, defined and understood. It highlights the philosophical theories, critical positions, and socio-political agendas which underpin different approaches to landscape. The module draws upon recent writings in landscape studies, cultural geography, environmental ethics, and heritage studies. It explores themes including landscape art and representation, utopian and dystopian imaginaries of landscape, phenomenology and embodying landscape, and landscape justice and will relate these to the interlinked crises of our times: globalisation, urban sprawl, climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, and mass migration of populations (human and non-human).

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover topics including (but not limited to):
- Landscape, Art, and Representation
- Phenomenology
- Landscape Imaginaries: Utopias and Dystopias
- Heritage Landscapes
- Landscape and Justice
- Migratory Landscapes
- Landscapes of the Climate Crisis

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials102:0020:00PIP/Online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1178:00178:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PIP/Online Seminar discussion time
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will be introduced to a range of different definitions and understandings of landscape, the aim being to stimulate their own critical responses to landscape issues, regardless of their original disciplinary backgrounds, and thus to prepare them to produce their own creative responses to landscape issues in the latter part of the programme.

In the event of a return to Covid restrictions, lectures will be delivered asynchronously online.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2A50A response diary, each student to keep a diary or notebook in which personal responses to the topics will be assessed
Essay2A50An essay (which will be illustrated) related to one of the themes explored in the module (2500-3000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reflective log and essay elements are intended to assess understanding of the material presented in the module and to provide an opportunity to respond critically to this material, and to engage critically with wider literature.

Reading Lists