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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Theory 2A (ARCH08046)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis theory-based course introduces students to core theories and contemporary key influences in the discipline of landscape architecture. The course will aim at teaching seminal texts and primary sources in the discipline more systematically.
Course description This course introduces students to core theories and contemporary key influences in the discipline of landscape architecture. It allows the students to become familiar with methods to analyse contemporary landscape architecture theory, research and practice. It also allows the students to study meaningful design precedents.

This theory-based course is supported by lectures, reading seminars and tutorials (individual and in groups). Throughout the semester the students will make several presentations to their peers and tutors in the class, building on a range of theory based aspects in the discipline, from which they will then develop a specific interest to carry forward through individual research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Landscape Architecture.
Additional Costs Materials, printing costs of material to be presented and handed-in. Estimated cost: £30
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  22
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) You will be assessed on one single submission containing two distinct components (100%) -

a) Final Presentation (weighting 30%) and
b) Final Submission of a 3,000-word essay due in week 12 (weighting 70%)

Both components are marked against all three Learning Outcomes.

All Learning Outcomes are weighted equally.

Feedback Formative Assessment

Presentations every week (each student will present at least once in the semester) (weeks 1 to 11)

Formative Feedback

You will receive verbal formative feedback on presentations you will give individually along the semester and one piece of written feedback in groups.
You will have tutorials with staff where you will be given verbal formative feedback as a series of action points for subsequent stages of your work. Your work in progress (preparatory texts of your individual research towards the preparation of the final essay) will have the opportunity for peer-review feedback.

Summative Feedback

You will receive written summative feedback as grades that refer to all of the learning outcomes for this course. For each component of assessment, all of the learning outcomes are equally weighted.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the key theories, methodologies and contemporary influences in landscape architecture.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental analytical and critical skills when analysing and presenting key selected readings and precedents.
  3. Display written, verbal and visual skills via a critical approach to landscape architectural theory, research and practice.
Reading List

Corner, J, (1999) Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press
Czerniak, J., & Hargreaves, G. (2007). Large Parks. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Ingold, T. (1993). The Temporality of the Landscape . World Archaeology , 25 (2), 152-174.
Jackson, JB (1984). Discovering the Vernacular Landscape. New Haven: Yale University Press
Schama, S. (1995). Landscape and Memory. London: Harper Collins.
Waldheim C. (ed.) (2006) The Landscape Urbanism Reader. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

JoLA: Journal of Landscape Architecture
Pamplet Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press)
Topos: The European Landscape Architecture Magazine
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On the completion of this course you will:

Improve your generic cognitive skills, namely evaluation of appropriate sources to support the development of basic research and critical analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Improve your written and verbal communication skills

Improve your autonomy when conducting basic research in landscape architecture.
Keywordslandscape architecture,landscape theory,landscape method,critical thinking
Course organiserMr Ross McLean
Tel: (0131 6)51 5796
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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