Course code GLA301

GLA301 Introduction to Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability

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Emneansvarlige: Jörg Dieter Sieweke
Studiepoeng: 5
Ansvarlig fakultet: Fakultet for landskap og samfunn
Frekvens: Every year
Undervises på språk: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Begrensning antall plasser:
30 students
Undervises i periode:
August block
Første gang: Studieår 2020-2021
Fortrinnsrett: Students enrolled in the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.
Undervises hvor?: Campus Ås
Emnets innhold:

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 as well as relevant planetary boundaries, and how societies respond to these changes.

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


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. 

Knowledge: 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.

Lectures, workshops, group discussions, assignments, reviews.
Feedback and reviews in small peer groups and in plenary sessions
Will be available through Canvas at the beginning of the course
Forutsatte forkunnskaper:
Relevant Bachelor 
Anbefalte forkunnskaper:

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.

Obligatorisk aktivitet:

 Expected 80% attendance / every day for three weeks.

Active participation in group discussion and workshops.

Following the syllabus and preparing for the day's requirements in structured class time and in self-study periods.

(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

Thorough reading and comprehension of the assignments


Portfolio evaluation.

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

An external examiner evaluates student portfolios

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

An external examiner evaluates the students portfolios.
Normert arbeidsmengde:
125 hours
Admission to the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.

125 hours consisting of

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

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

Eksamensdetaljer: Mappevurdering: Bestått/ Ikke bestått