Postgraduate

APL8008 : History of the Designed Landscape

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials180:309:00Non-synchronous
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading182:0082:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork15:305:30Fieldtrip to introduce students to local historical landscapes (recorded for non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk70:303:30Synchronous online
Total100:00
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.

PiP hours: A significant component of learning and teaching happens through open air ‘site visits’. We expect these events to take place, subject to government and University guidelines on health and safety. Where additional present in person activity is envisaged, this will be delivered at programme level through Studio hours. Please refer to programme level PiP briefing note.
Synchronous v Non-synchronous Hours: While there is both synchronous and non-synchronous learning and teaching activity for all modules, across the programme the structured guided learning is weighted towards non-design modules and the scheduled learning and teaching activity hours are weighted towards Landscape Architecture Studio modules. The latter is a reflection of design studio pedagogy, which is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own creative work and research. Landscape Architecture pedagogy is reliant on a high proportion of independent learning to support the design process. The MOF hours are consistent with this approach.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Timetable