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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Edinburgh College of Art : Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Theory 2B (ARCH08048)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will address the significance of established and emerging theoretical themes within the discipline of Landscape Architecture and build on patterns of enquiry established in ARCH08046 (Landscape Architecture Theory 2A). The course will further the students ability to carry forward an independent position in their own theoretical studies and offer guidance as to suitable methodologies of scholarly enquiry. The course will also address relevant approaches towards the critical evaluation of the work of others.
Course description The course will examine the complex and shifting nature of landscape through enquiry related to the interpretation of landscape as a constantly mediated entity in both social and environmental contexts. Course content will address the context of landscape architectural practice today with a particular focus on how Landscape Architects read, work with and ultimately transform sites. A focused enquiry related to time, ecology and resilience will provide a pedagogical background from which students can draw forth their own disciplinary research and a personalised line of enquiry.

You will be encouraged to discover and examine Interdisciplinary theory from art, science and engineering and reflect upon its significance to Landscape Architectural discourse.

Pre-recorded lectures, given by staff and invited experts, will be followed by online synchronous discursive sessions where you can probe the material presented through the lens of their own developing enquiry. You will be asked to format questions in advance of Q&A sessions to enrich post lecture discussion.

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.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment 1 (formative) Abstract up to 500 words / Assignment 2 (summative) Visual presentation in week 9 (30%) / online presentation sessions via MS Teams
Assignment 3 (summative) Essay up to 3,000 words (70%) /

Feedback Written formative feedback will be given 15 working days after submission of chapter outline.

You will also receive verbal feedback during Pecha-Kucha visual presentation.

You will also receive written feedback 15 working days after the submission of the essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability to develop a clear research question that draws from core theoretical themes.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to scope wider theoretical and disciplinary contexts in order to formulate a sequence of core themes that represent the students own disciplinary interests.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to structure and advance theoretical enquiry through appropriate research methods and techniques.
Reading List
Burns, C & Kahn, A (2005) Site Matters, Routledge
Corner, J (1999) Recovering Landscape, Princeton Arch. Press, NY.
Corner, J (2014) The Landscape Imagination
Cosgrove, D (1984) Social Formation and Symbolic Landscape, University of Wisconsin Press
Hill, K & Johnson, B (2001) Ecology and Design: Frameworks for Learning, Island Press
Swaffield, S (2002) Theory in Landscape Architecture - A Reader, University of Pennsylvania Press
Thayer, R (1994) Gray World, Green Heart: Technology, Nature and Sustainable Landscape, Wiley & Sons, NY
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Demonstrate a knowledge of the scope, defining features, and main areas of the subject/discipline/sector. Including; a discerning understanding of a defined range of core theories, concepts, principles and terminology.
Apply knowledge, skills and understanding: in using a range of professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the subject/discipline/sector, a few of which are advanced and /or complex.
Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues that are within the common understandings in a subject/ discipline/sector; use a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine problems and issues.
Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.
Keywordslandscape architecture,resilience,landscape reclamation,landscape engineering,temporality
Course organiserDr Penny Travlou
Tel: (0131 6)51 5825
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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