UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

LACH4421 Australian Landscapes

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content The first half of the unit interprets the development of landscape architecture in Australia from the colonial period to c.1980. Key works and theories of designers are analysed in relation to thematic issues such as colonialism, modernism, postmodernism, the dialogue between architecture and landscape, and the ongoing search for an Australian design ethos. Emphasising the twentieth century, the works are next situated within the broader context of global theory and practice. The second half of the unit further enlarges its scope and investigates significant areas of postmodern landscape architecture theories and practices. Lectures and discussions are organised around design typologies and the techniques employed to produce contemporary design. Through analysis of key works and their underlying theories, the unit enables students to critically interpret contemporary global practices within the general conditions of postmodernity.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) extend their knowledge of the history and theory of landscape architecture and are able to appreciate that landscapes encapsulate wider sociocultural concerns; (2) gain a working knowledge of significant international design projects and the ideas and theories which underpin them; (3) acquire fundamental critical tools which can be brought to bear on works of landscape architecture; (4) appreciate interdisciplinary practices which cross between art, architecture and landscape architecture; (5) gain a sense of the historical continuum in which design work takes place; (6) gain a self-consciousness of how Australian design culture interrelates with current global practices; and (7) gain the ability to comprehend written texts by eminent practitioners and critics regarding design and, in turn, to write essays which critically engage with such texts.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay; and (2) tutorial presentation and responses. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Christopher Vernon
Contact hours seminars: 3–4 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/LACH4421/SEM-2/2017
Texts

Refer to the unit outline.


  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.