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APL8000 : Conceptualising Landscape (20 credits)

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • 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 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 political agendas which underpin different approaches to landscape. It draws upon recent writings in cultural geography, environmental ethics and heritage studies. It explores the theme of utopian and dystopian imaginaries of landscape, relating these to the interlinked crises of our times: globalisation, urban sprawl, population growth, climate change, resource depletion, pollution, loss of biodiversity, mass migration of population etc.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:
•       Imaginary landscapes
•       Utopias and dystopias
•       Detachment and immersion
•       Phenomenology
•       Landscape and power
•       Urban utopias
•       Nature, rewilding and restoration
•       Heritage, memory, belonging and imagination
•       The crises of our times

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Present in Person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1170:00170:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk102:0020:00PIP module discussion time with film viewing.
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 coursework 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.

Reading Lists