Course code GLA301

GLA301 Introduction to Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability

Norsk emneinformasjon

Search for other courses here

Showing course contents for the educational year 2022 - 2023 .

Course responsible: Jörg Dieter Sieweke
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
30 students
Teaching exam periods:
August block
Course frequency: Every year
First time: Study year 2020-2021
Preferential right:
Students enrolled in the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.
Course contents:

The course introduces key terms such as "landscape" and "sustainability" and how they have been understood and applied throughout history. Moreover, the course provides insights into global trends in landscape change and drivers thereof, e.g. modernization, urbanization, climate change, sea-level-rise and other relevant planetary boundaries, and how societies respond to these changes.

The course is an arena to reflect on the wide range of methods and techniques applied within landscape architecture, such as mapping, surveying, landscape analysis and interpretation, design thinking and design-research. Students discuss and assess peer perspectives and expertise and receive feedback from staff.

Learning outcome:

The course aims at providing students with knowledge about global trends of landscape change and their drivers. Students are introduced to tools and methods which can be deployed to investigate global challenges in a local context. 

Students gain insight into the basic ecological, economic and socio-political baselines, which drive landscape change.

Skills: Students are able to apply tools available for representation of landscapes in a field context.

General competence: Based on a case study approach, students get an understanding of how local and global processes and conditions manifest themselves in the landscape and to which degree knowledge of transformation processes in a certain landscape can be transferred to other case studies.

Learning activities:
Lectures, workshops, group discussions, assignments, reviews.
Teaching support:
Feedback and reviews in small peer groups and in plenary sessions
Will be available through Canvas at the beginning of the course
Relevant Bachelor
Recommended prerequisites:

Self-assured individuals motivated to challenge themselves and pro-actively contribute to the program.

Self-motivation and self-organization to accomplish 75% self-learning and self-study.

Critical and creative disposition

Graphic skills

Analytic competence

Openness to challenge conventional wisdom and paradigms. willingness to take risks.

Openness to interact and collaborate with peers in symbiotic, respectful, constructive ways.

Mandatory activity:

Expected full-time attendance / every day for three weeks.

Active participation in group discussion and workshops.

Following the syllabus and preparing for each days requirements in structured class time and in self-study periods. e.g. reading assignments.

(pro)-actively prepare graphic contribution to assignments for reviews (likely in iterations = more than one try)

Self-learning of graphic skills by hand and software.


Portfolio consisting of assignments; all assignments need to be passed to pass the course (pass/fail)

An external examiner evaluate student portfolios.

All assignments are given and have to be submitted in ENGLISH ONLY.

Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Admission to the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

125 hours of consisting of

25%Structured teaching: lectures, lectures, facilitated workshops, group discussions, assignments, reviews.

75% self-study: e.g. group discussions, working on assignments, preparing for reviews.

An external examiner evaluates the students portfolios.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed