LARC10110 Understanding Landscape I

Academic Year 2021/2022

This 5-credit module is aimed at developing an understanding of issues associated with the landscape. This course is delivered by "face-to-face teaching, supported by online material using the Virtual classroom. Assessment and feedback will be conducted online. The content introduces “landscape” as a concept and analyses its various historic definitions and meanings. The physical, biological and cultural aspects of landscape are explored with students being given an introduction to those forces that shape our surroundings as well as the drivers of environmental change. The module is directed at landscape architects and planners, i.e. disciplines that often act as agents of change. The module examines the historic and contemporary values that society places on its landscape, and the important role the landscape plays in placemaking. While the Irish landscape is used as the primary case study, the principles explored are applicable elsewhere. Historic precedents in landscape adaption for human needs are examined with students developing an understanding of the environmental context and society that influenced those particular landscapes

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will:
1. Recognise the idea that the term “landscape” carries a multiplicity of meanings and is used by a range of disciplines;
2. Understand those processes (environmental and social) that have shaped the Irish landscape;
3. Have the ability to consider a particular landscape and identify the environmental forces and cultural activities that have shaped it.
4. Understand why landscape is emerging as an area of interest for environmental policy makers, academics and the general public and why landscape change can be a contentious issue.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
For 2021 this module delivered by "face-to-face" teaching, supported by on-line and pre-recorded material. The course will be divided into a series of learning units.
Students Assessment and feedback will be conducted online.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Take home/open book exam Week 12 n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: < Description > Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

feedback on in-semester assignment (due week 8) will be issued to students

Name Role
Assoc Professor John Fry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer