APL8001 : Practising Landscape (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This is an innovative taught masters-level programme that focuses on the relations between landscape, culture and society, and on the various ways that landscape is practised, represented and imagined. Within the context of a single interdisciplinary programme it brings together various aspects of landscape studies that are normally isolated from one another, involving its students in both critical analyses of historical and contemporary landscape discourses and substantial research through creative practice. The programme will focus in particular on the various ways that future landscape conditions are being imagined and projected in the present, ranging from current geopolitical imaginaries of the newly securitized nation state and responses to anticipated climate change, to contemporary design discourses, such as that of Landscape Urbanism. Students are given the opportunity to act not only as analysts and critics, but also - through the articulation of landscape propositions in their own creative practice – as cultural producers.

This module will use carefully selected case-studies to present and debate historical and contemporary practices of landscape. Some of these will be presented by staff within SAPL (architects, landscape architects, planners); others will be presented from other disciplinary or practice backgrounds, including Geography, English Literature and Fine Art.

Outline Of Syllabus

Ten lectures covering various topics and given by a range of stasff from inside and outside the School.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion161:0061:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00Including seminar/workshop activity
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading161:0061:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will be introduced to a range of different practices and interpretations of landscape, the aim being to stimulate their own creative responses to landscape issues, regardless of their original disciplinary backgrounds.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20An essay (which may be illustrated) related to one of the themes explored in the module
Design/Creative proj1A80Pin-up and crit review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The emphasis of this programme is upon creative practice related to the theme of ‘Future Landscape Imaginaries’. The coursework elements are intended to assess understanding of the material presented in the module and to provide an opportunity to respond creatively to this material. These responses will also be assessed in a final critical review.

Each student will present their coursework to the module leader and at least one other member of the teaching team. The viva will begin with a student presentation of not more than 10 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion. In the presentations and discussion, students will be expected to show what they have gained from the module in terms of enhanced awareness and understanding of landscape issues and practices. They should make reference to the lectures and seminar discussions as well as the independent reading they have undertaken. They will be assessed on their ability to look critically at interventions in the landscape (whether vernacular or designed), , to critique representations of landscape in a variety of media, and to show how they are bringing this critical understanding into their own practice. They will be expected to demonstrate a sensibility toward the complexities of landscape which will assist in the imagining of future landscapes.

Copies of any slides (or equivalent) and/or typed notes (not exceeding 1000 words) used in the presentation should be submitted to assist with the assessment. In the case of students who will be continuing with APL8002 this discussion should include reflection upon the ways in which this module is contributing to the student’s emerging ideas for their creative practice studio.

Reading Lists