AD4603: Cultural Context: Historic and Contemporary Landscapes

AD4603: Cultural Context: Historic and Contemporary Landscapes

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Cultural Context: Historic and Contemporary Landscapes
Module Code AD4603
Module Tutor Bill Burford
School School of Arts
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

An introduction to the discipline of landscape architecture, through the study of historical issues that have influenced the development of landscapes and gardens in both urban and rural areas throughout the UK and around the world. The module will include an opportunity to explore supported and unsupported visits to historical landscapes.

Indicative Syllabus

This module is an introduction to the socio-economic, cultural, political, artistic and environmental issues that have influenced the creation of gardens and landscapes within the UK and abroad. From the earliest human settlements in Mesopotamia to  modern cities, gardens and landscapes have been an important part of our rich heritage. Students will:

  • Explore a range of historic landscape and garden movements and understand the underlying issues that influenced their creation from paradise gardens to century urbanisation.

  • Explore the philosophies of notable designers as well as art, architectural and design movements in order to understand and evaluate the development of historic landscapes.
  • Present and communicate research, ideas and understanding of historic design, designers and landscapes.
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1.   Knowledge and Theoretical skills

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical origins, context and movements of garden design, landscape and landscape architecture, and identify the key influences, influencers, designers and artists’ approaches to the creation of garden and landscape projects.

2.   Communication and Digitally Literacy skills

Demonstrate an ability to present and communicate graphic, digital, oral and written presentations with effective referencing of sources.

3.   Self-management and Professional Development skills

Identify and evaluate precedents drawing out transferable ideas, and research and discuss theories, concepts and ideas of the past that have influenced the present and will influences the design of future landscape.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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