Course code LAA211

LAA211 The History and Theory of Landscape Architecture

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Course responsible: Karsten Jørgensen
Teachers: Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn, Anne Katrine Geelmuyden
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel,
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Preferential right:
M-LA, 3.year students
Course contents:
The course is based on lectures, seminars, individual assignments and group projects. There will be an overview of garden art and landscape architecture histories and theories, and some relevant issues e.g. appropriate rehabilitation projects will be reviewed. There will be a brief overview of relevant legislation like the Cultural Heritage Act and Biodiversity Act and the relevant international conventions e.g. the European Landscape Convention and the Florence Charter. Concepts and theories related to the conservation, use and development of historic gardens and landscapes will be discussed. Assignments include the writing of scholarly texts.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: show understanding of relevant academic and professional ethics, as well as issues related to sustainability and participatory processes. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to reflect on and apply the scientific landscape theories, methods, and traditions associated with historic gardens and landscapes. Students will have an overview of a range of horticulture and landscape architecture historical basic knowledge that is necessary to solve the landscape professional issues related to the management of cultural heritage in gardens and landscapes, as well as insight into the theories and methods that are relevant to the landscape architecture profession"s construction history and theory tradition, and overview of social relevant technical issues and challenges in this area.

Skill: Finding, evaluating and referring to the subject matter and present it so that it highlights an issue. Students will learn to analyze and assess the place and task contextual information for identifying garden historical issues and challenges, and outline draft rehabilitation and management plans in terms of sustainable solutions. Students should be familiar with the theories, methods, tools and communication methods that relate to working with historic gardens and landscapes, and prepare a bounded project or research paper.

Competency: Participate in and contribute to cross-cultural communication in an international study and professional environment.

Learning activities:
Teaching methods in the topic is literature studies, participation in lectures and seminars and visits to relevant gardens and landscape historic areas. By working with assignments, both individually and in groups, students will use the ideas and theories in specific case studies, and receive guidance and response to the submitted projects.
Teaching support:

Magne Bruun: Norske hager gjennom tusen år (Andresen og Butenschøn, 2007)

Berque, Augustin:Thinking Through Landscape. (Routledge, 2013)

John Dixon Hunt: Greater perfections: the practice of garden theory (Thames and Hudson London 2000

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History (Harry N. Abrams 2001)

Susan Herrington: On landscapes (Routledge 2008)

Additional literature depending on the case study

LAA115 / LAA116
Recommended prerequisites:
1. and 2. year M-LA.
Mandatory activity:
3 - 4 individual essays
Small assignments during the course which must be judged to pass. Towards the end of the course a major assignment is to be delivered and assessed by external examiners
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
Approximately 40-50 hours of lectures/seminars, ca 100 hours self study/self organized work with assigments
Students will will have to cover costs in connection with site visits etc. Note: This course is under development and changes of the content and tasks can be expected, as it is harmonized with LAA115/116, LAA312 and LAA321
Final assignment will be evaluated by external examiners.
Examination details: One written exam: