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APL8008 : History of the Designed Landscape

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Charlotte Veal
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 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. Students are also encouraged to explore the linkages between landscape architecture and related disciplines, e.g. art, architecture, geography and town planning at these various stages.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is based around a course of lecture materials delivered PIP/non-synchronously online. These are organised around core themes to cover the most significant economic, social, cultural and political concerns shaping landscape design. Specific topics typically include empire and race, gender and land management, restoration, improvements and aesthetics. The lecture materials are intended to guide private study, and will be supplemented with seminars and a field trip (COVID-19 restrictions depending).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Present in person/Online (COVID-19 depending)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading171:0071:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Seminars to discuss key themes and associated readings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork17:007:00Field trip to introduce students to local historical landscapes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A course delivered through lecture materials (PIP/non-synchronous online) is the most suitable way to introduce students to a very broad topic. The lecture material will be the means to support and encourage students in their independent reading.

The field trip will introduce the students to some local historical landscape which will aid the content taught in lectures.

In the event of a return to Covid restrictions, this material can 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
Essay1M1002000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written essay is intended to assess understanding of the material presented in the module and to provide an opportunity to respond critically to this material.

Reading Lists