GLA301 Introduction to Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Kerstin Potthoff

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Limits of class size:30 students

Course frequency:Every year

Nominal workload:125 hours

Teaching and exam period:August block

About this course

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.

  • Lectures, workshops, group discussions, assignments, reviews.
  • Feedback and reviews in small peer groups and in plenary sessions
  • Relevant Bachelor
  • Portfolio evaluation.

    Portfolio consisting of assignments; all assignments need to be passed to complete the course

    Grading: pass/no pass)

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

  • Students enrolled in the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.
  • Admission to the Master Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability programme.