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Contemporary Landscape Theory (ABPL90078)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90078
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was formerly called Contemporary Theory & Australian Landscape.

This subject explores contemporary theories and modes of critique relating to the modern designed landscape. The lectures and readings introduce and examine significant 20th and early 21st century theoretical writings and design treatises. This will include the contextualization of landscape architecture against theoretical developments in allied design fields including urban design, architecture and the visual arts. Assignments and class papers require students to critically engage with a broad range of theoretical positions, and relate them to built works.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of influential landscape architectural theories of the 20th and early 21st centuries;
  • Research a particular landscape architectural theory for critical debate and understand its translation into design practice;
  • Contextualize developments within Australasian landscape architectural practice against internationally significant theoretical developments;
  • Understand landscape architecture theory in relationship to developments in allied design disciplines such as urban design and architecture;
  • Develop critical thinking, research and writing abilities.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed skills in:

  • Research
  • Critical analysis
  • Writing

Last updated: 11 January 2018