LACH1010 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Landscape Architecture major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit surveys the history and theory of landscape architecture, predicated upon the belief that knowledge of this subject is essential to a landscape architect's capacity to responsibly create places appropriate to our own time. It examines key places and figures who have defined the intellectual and creative possibilities in landscape architecture, temporally ranging from antiquity through to the twentieth century. The unit does not consider designed landscapes in isolation. Alternatively, they are examined as encapsulating wider cultural concerns. In concert with an overview of Western design traditions, the unit also addresses Eastern approaches as expressed in India, China and Japan.
This unit explicitly focuses upon embedding students' research abilities by studying shifts in the theoretical and practical (e.g. technological) approaches of landscape architects throughout the period covered, as exemplified in selected design case studies. This is assessed via a verbal presentation and a 1500-word written essay (including footnotes and bibliography). The unit explicitly focuses upon embedding communication skills by (1) the development of competent writing skills—students acquire competency in essay structure, referencing and bibliographical conventions; (2) oral presentations—students demonstrate competency in the verbal and visual presentation of a landscape architectural case study and analyse it in relation to its social, intellectual and historical context; (3) critical information literacy skills—students determine relevant information sources and interpret them competently to develop an understanding of concepts related to the cultural and theoretical contexts of some key landscape architectural projects and their designers; and (4) interpersonal skills—students demonstrate skills in listening to and responding to arguments in relation to the meaning and intentions of key landscape architectural concepts and works, through participation in interactive seminars and discussions.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial presentation; (2) short essay; and (3) end-of-semester examination or test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Vernon
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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