LARC20170 Landscape Theory and History

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module builds on LARC 10110 Understanding Landscape and provides an introduction to some of the key theoretical concepts that underpin contemporary landscape architecture. It examines the changing relations between landscape, culture and society through time and introduces some of the key influences on contemporary landscape design. The module aims to provide students with the vocabulary, tools and design precedents to support the analysis of landscape architecture practice and to enrich studio design. The module promotes skills in spoken and written communication. Assessment is in the form of a trimester paper and a presentation .

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will:
1. Be familiar with the main texts on landscape theory and will know how to apply this knowledge to their studio work.
2. Have acquired the skills of communicating and presenting theories in landscape architecture to their peers;
3. Indicate ability in research and critical thinking in the preparation of an academic paper.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
For 2021 this module delivered by "face-to-face" learning supported by use of the virtual classroom. The course will be divided into a series of learning units.
The focus is on active task based learning
Students Assessment and feedback will be conducted online.

Active task based learning , critical writing 
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
Essay: An academic paper on a topic, selected by the student under the guidance of the Module co-ordinator Week 12 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Presentation of research topic to peers, and assessment of the presentations of others Week 8 n/a Graded No


Assignment: in semester assignments Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive (individual) feedback on their draft essay prior to summative assessment at the end of the semester. This will be by VLE or email

Name Role
Assoc Professor John Fry Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 15:00 - 16:50