Landscape history, garden history and plant knowledge
Additional course evaluations for LK0365
Academic year 2022/2023
2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21
Academic year 2021/2022
2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23
Academic year 2020/2021
2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23
Syllabus and other information
LK0365 Landscape history, garden history and plant knowledge, 15.0 CreditsLandskaps- och trädgårdshistoria samt växtkännedom
Education cycleBachelor’s level
|Swedish historical landscapes||5.0||0202|
|History of landscape architecture||7.0||0203|
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Bachelor’s level (G1F)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 30 credits in the subject landscape architecture.
The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge of human history in the landscape and in the history of landscape architecture, as well as deeper knowledge in plant knowledge.
After completing the course the student will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding:
describe the main features of how humans have used and shaped the Swedish agrarian landscape through history;
based on historical maps describe and analyze a landscape and present this knowledge in, for instance, a maintenance plan;
account for the main style periods within landscape architecture (garden, park, designed landscapes) from the first settled cultures of the world to the present, with a focus on Europe;
put landscape architecture development in relation to architecture history, history of ideas and the development of society at large;
show how historical examples of landscape architecture relate to the surrounding landscape;
identify and correctly label a selection of trees and shrubs in their leafless state;
detect winter-related abiotic damage on plant material;
explain the plants’ adaptations to the annual climate cycle and describe the diversity of adaptation strategies
Competence and skills
interpret and compare historical maps with geological conditions and contemporary maps and present the results in an essay;
draw and discuss the typical characteristics of parks and gardens of the most important style periods;
explain why winter-related abiotic damage on plants occurs and discuss measures to prevent winter-related damage on plants from occurring and/or worsening.
The course consists of three parts, Swedish historical landscapes, history of landscape architecture and plant knowledge.
Swedish historical landscapes
In this part the student study how humans throughout history have used and shaped the agrarian landscape based on the natural conditions of the place. In a compulsory essay the student analyze changes in a well-known landscape. The essay is based on historical sources which are interpreted and compared with modern maps and geological conditions.
The content includes lectures and a written examination, and digitally analyzing historical maps and presenting these in an essay.
History of landscape architecture
Through lectures and literature the student study the development in landscape architecture in relation to developments of society in general and the history of ideas, trends, etc. Concepts that are central for understanding and describing parks and gardens from different periods are studied. Under supervision the student train interpretation of plans of gardens, parks and designed landscapes. Excursions to parks and gardens are a recurring part of the course. During the excursions students will practice their ability to absorb and understand a place and it’s background, thus giving them a historical context.
Through lectures, excursions and literature studies the student will receive basic knowledge about the adaptations of plants to the annual climate cycle and how winter-related abiotic damages on plants occur, are identified and prevented. The coursework is largely based on plant tours and the student´s own outdoor studies in which he/she learns to see the differences in various trees and shrubs appearance and structure, in the leafless state. This part of the course concludes with an examination of plants, conducted outdoors.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
Written examinations, approved assignments and active participation in field trips and seminars.
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationKnowledge corresponding to the course Sustainable maintenance of green areas and natural land, and plant knowledge.
Field trips included. Information on costs, if any, is available on the course website four weeks before the course starts.
Department of Urban and Rural Development
Svenska historiska landskap
Niklas Cserhalmi, Fårad mark: handbok för tolkning av historiska kartor och landskap, Bygd och natur, Tidskrift för hembygdsvård, (2021).
Boken beställs enklast direkt från Sveriges Hembygdsförbund.
S. Welinder "Jordbrukets ekologi" i S. Welinder, E. A. Pedersen & M. Widgren (red.) Jordbrukets första femtusen år, (Stockholm 1998)
Sidorna 21-43, se länk från Canvas.
Bodil Dahlman, Roger Elg, Sofia Eskilsdotter, Ulla Myhr, Johan Ronnesjö & Elias Stålnacke. Växtkompendium träd och buskar.
Tillgängligt som pdf via canvas.
Gunnarsson, Allan., Gustavsson, Eva., Klintborg Ahlklo, Åsa., Nolin, Catharina., Olausson, Inger. & Wiking Leino, Matti, Svensk trädgårdshistoria 1800-och 1900-tal. 2023, Kungliga Vitterhetsakademin, 511 sidor.
Hobhouse, Penelope, The Story of Gardening (Dorling Kindersley,  2020), 463 sidor.
(Ni rekommenderas välja utgåvan från 2019 eller 2020 då denna utgåva innehåller ett kapitel mer än den äldre utgåvan.)