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People and Environment

The aim of the course is to provide insights into the interaction between people and the physcial environment and the importance of
outdoor environments to quality of life, well-being and health. Students will handle different design problems and thereby translate their knwoledge within environnmental psychology and urban sociology into planning and design proposals.

Additional course evaluations for LK0382

Academic year 2020/2021

People and Environment (LK0382-20065) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

LK0382 People and Environment, 15.0 Credits

Människa och fysisk miljö

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

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

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits, which of

Specific entry requirements: 90 credits in one of the following subjects:

• architecture
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science

English 6 or equivalent.


The aim of the course is to provide insights into how the interaction between people and the physical environment functions and what different outdoor environments can mean for quality of life, well-being and health. The course will provide training in the ability to analyse and investigate people’s relationships to their surroundings and to translate this knowledge into design and planning processes.

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- describe perspectives and concepts within social science and behavioural science, mainly within environmental psychology and urban sociology, that are relevant for the knowledge area of Landscape Architecture
- apply a selection of the methods used for investigating how people use, experience and evaluate external environments (e.g. interviews, street walks, observations or surveys)
- problematise and analyse people’s different needs and interests in external environments on the basis of e.g. gender, age, social situation, cultural context and disability
- analyse and critically examine people’s relation to place and use this understanding in design and planning contexts


The course is characterised by perspectives of social- and behavioural science on problem issues within Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Town Planning. Seminars and exercises will provide training in the ability to investigate and analyse people’s situation in relation to their surroundings. Students will also be posed different design problems and will be given the opportunity to translate their knowledge within environmental psychology and urban sociology into planning and design proposals.

The course comprises lectures, literature seminars (compulsory), excursions and exercises (compulsory), project presentations (compulsory), group assignments, literature studies and individual tasks work with reading and writing.

Formats and requirements for examination

Literature seminar, submission and presentation of exercises, written examination. Active participation in compulsory elements. Approved participation in literature seminars. Successful completion of exam and exercises. Specifications of compulsory attendance and assignments are given at course start. Students’ knowledge and their ability to engage each other in critical and analytical discussions will also be assessed in the reviews and in the literature seminars.
  • 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.

Additional information

Courses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.

Responsible department

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0271
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture- Master´s Programme Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0382 Application code: SLU-20136 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 100%