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Gardens in Healthcare, Introductory Course

Additional course evaluations for LK0281

Academic year 2020/2021

Gardens in Healthcare, Introductory Course (LK0281-10175) 2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Gardens in Healthcare, Introductory Course (LK0281-10277) 2019-09-02 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Gardens in Healthcare, Introductory Course (LK0281-10283) 2018-09-03 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Gardens in Healthcare, Introductory Course (LK0281-10139) 2017-08-28 - 2018-01-14

LK0281 Gardens in Healthcare, Introductory Course, 15.0 Credits

Trädgårdar i vård, introduktionskurs

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

First cycle

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

General entrance requirements for studies at a Swedish University


The course aims to give a basic understanding of the outdoor environment as a resource in a healthcare context. The course partly builds upon knowledge on design and content of outdoor environments, partly on knowledge on preferences and needs of different user groups in relation to experience and use of the outdoors. The course includes theoretical as well as practical tasks.

After completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- describe concepts, models and theories relevant to gardens in healthcare
- give examples of content and use of gardens in healthcare
- compile relevant knowledge on content, design and use of the outdoors for different user groups
- conduct analyses of content and design of healthcare gardens in relation to experience and use for different user groups
- communicate practical and theoretical knowledge of the field to professionals and laymen


The course is composed of three parts. The first part consists of an overview of basic concepts and literature relating to healthcare gardens. Senses, perception, preferences and experiences relating to healthcare gardens are central and so too are the concepts environmental psychology, universal design, healthcare gardens and garden therapy. In the second part the students compile knowledge on different target groups’ needs in the outdoor environment, for example children, older persons, ill or disabled individuals. The students conduct literature reviews on the special needs, behaviours and properties that characterise different target groups. In the third part, the knowledge from the literature reviews are used to draw conclusions about different target groups’ interaction with outdoor environment. Possibilities to experience and use outdoor environments are discussed in relation to the different target groups’ in health care settings.
The course contains lectures, workshops, practical assignments (compulsory), seminars (compulsory) and study visits (compulsory).

Formats and requirements for examination

-Attendance and active participation in compulsory components
-Passed written practical assignments including critical review and oral presentation

  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0207
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0281 Application code: SLU-10322 Location: Alnarp Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 50%