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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay and (2) tutorial presentation and responses. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Rosie Halsmith
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50).
Contact hours
seminars: 3–4 hours per week

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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.