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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • 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 twenty-first 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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and practical approaches of landscape architecture throughout the period covered, as exemplified in selected design case studies; ; (2) develop communication skills (verbal and visual presentation of a landscape architectural case study and analysis in relation to its social, intellectual and historical context) and writing skills (essay writing); (3) demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to the cultural and theoretical contexts of key landscape architectural projects and their designers; and (4) demonstrate interpersonal skills through participation in lectures and interactive discussions..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial presentation; (2) short essay; and (3) end-of-semester 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)
Dr Maria Ignatieva
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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