Postgraduate Course: Interpreting the Landscape (EDUA11119)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Landscape is the medium, the subject and the backdrop for the outdoor teacher and an understanding of its origins, its fragility and its beauty would seem to need no justification. The formative influences, geological, geomorphological, biological, human (historical and contemporary), will be considered chronologically. In historical times the changes that have occurred in landscape character, in land ownership and in the growing demands for public use and environmental protection have been determined, shaped and constrained by local, national and international legislation. These issues will be given specific attention in relation to their influence on the landscape of the present day.
The structure of the landscape and its development and the way in which the relationship between the public and the countryside is affected by legislation will be considered as both technical issues and also for their educational potential. Whilst the landscape of the UK will necessarily offer the main teaching examples the landscapes of other countries will be included where appropriate. Throughout there will be focus on generic processes, both physical and educational.
A variety of teaching approaches are used. Lectures introduce the main topics which are expanded upon in structured discussions. Practical teaching sessions also involve demonstration of educational approaches including model making, dramatic representation etc. Students are also expected to present certain materials and arguments to the class in teaching exercises. Other practical sessions include participation in environmental exercises tailored to the content of the course and exercised on aesthetic aspects of landscape. There will also be a one-day field trip to the Berwickshire coast. These are followed by a number of demonstration and student-led practical exercises. Students will be expected to complete background reading and independent study, and to adopt a critically reflective position when doing so. Specialist speakers will provide additional input.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| No additional charge
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- show understanding of the processes by which the three main rock types (volcanic, metamorphic, and sedimentary) have arisen, and understand the chronology of the stratigraphic record
- demonstrate awareness of the formative events that have shaped the British landscape (the recent "Ice age", fluvioglacial forces) and be aware of the late-glacial and post-glacial events which have given rise to the present flora and fauna of Britain
- show understanding of how, from Neolithic times to present, human land-use activities have influenced the rural landscape and the conversion of natural habitats to semi-natural and human-made ones
- be familiar with concepts of landscape quality and be able to make informed judgements on the efficacy of activities which will shape future landscapes, framed within the legal and de facto situation with regard to access to the countryside in the UK and a range of other countries
- have experienced and be familiar with a wide range of approaches to the collection of information and teaching in this subject area
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|Course organiser||Prof Pete Higgins
Tel: (0131 6)50 9796
|Course secretary||Miss Hanna Albrecht
Tel: (0131 6)51 6012