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APL8008 : History of the Designed Landscape

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ian Thompson
  • 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 and town planning at these various stages.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is based around a course of lecture materials delivered non-synchronously online. These are 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 lecture materials are intended to guide private study, and will supplemented with drop in online discussion forums.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Present in person.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading173:0073:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork17:007:00Fieldtrip to introduce students to local historical landscapes (recorded for non-synchronous online
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

The fieldtrip 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, together with synchronous online module talks/discussion.

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