LACH4505 Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This series of lectures introduces key theoretical issues pertinent to contemporary landscape architecture (that is, the ‘isms' and ‘ologies'), both in practice and scholarship, and relevant to research in its broad definition, especially with regard to issues of methodology and research practice. Lectures are accompanied by seminars devoted to current theories and themes. Seminars in the final weeks of term are designed to develop the student's own area of interest and a research essay which may be used in subsequent research-based units to assist in the formulation of a design project or dissertation.
Students are able to (1) reflect critically on a range of philosophical discourses, concepts and terms as these apply to contemporary projects and concerns; (2) use a range of research tools including forms of bibliographical searching, library and web-based resources to explore a range of issues and develop informed opinions about key projects and topical issues; (3) form arguments, research and write with a high degree of scholarship and intellectual rigour; and (4) produce a concise abstract leading to a written research project.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50)
(2) Field trips outside the metropolitan area (estimated cost - $50-$250)
(3) Interstate field trips (estimated cost - $500-$900)
(4) Overseas field trips (estimated cost - $2000-$5000).
Contact hours
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
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