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History of Landscape Design (ABPL10006)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeABPL10006
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A critical examination of the historical development of landscape architectural design, including the events, social influences and personalities involved, and the philosophies and theories that were developed. The formative evolutionary influences of natural and cultural factors as they shaped the contemporary landscape, and the development of public and private landscape architecture today are addressed.

Intended learning outcomes

On the completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of precedents for landscape design from ancient times to the present day;
  • Apply precedents used in a range of different kinds of designed landscapes through time to solve contemporary problems using comparative analysis, critical appraisal and fieldwork;
  • Identify and understand the formative cultural, natural, social, economic and political influences which have affected the careers of landscape designers and the design outcomes in the past.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the knowledge of comprehensive and critical reading and essay-writing abilities.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20039 History of Designed Landscapes 12.5

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 800 word assignment due Week 4, 5 or 6 (depending on tutorial scheduling), 20%;
  • 1500 word report due end of semester, 40%;
  • 1.5 hour examination, due during examination period, 30%;
  • 400 word fieldwork exercise due in Week 9, 10%.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019