Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


Significant areas of postmodern landscape architectural design theory and practice are explained and examined. The program of lectures and discussions is organised around genres of design work, theories of representation and the design techniques employed to produce contemporary design. Through analysis of many key works and their underlying theory, the unit enables students to critically interpret contemporary global practices within the general conditions of postmodernity.

6 points

Students (1) gain a working knowledge of significant international design projects and the ideas and theories which underpin them; (2) acquire fundamental critical tools which can be brought to bear on works of architecture and landscape architecture; (3) appreciate interdisciplinary practices which cross between art, architecture and landscape architecture; (4) gain a sense of the historical continuum in which design work takes place; (5) gain a self-consciousness of how Australian design culture interrelates with current global practices; and (6) 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.


This comprises an in-semester essay assignment (50 per cent), a seminar/debate paper (30 per cent) and notebook (20 per cent).

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

  • 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.