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The Cultural Heritage of Landscape Architecture

The course comprises in-depth studies of the historical development of garden design, the urban landscape and infrastructure in Scandinavia after 1800. Changes are also studied with regard to the regulations that have had a controlling influence. The development is dealt with in a broader context. The relationship between theoretical concept and practice is studied from historical and philosophical perspectives in order to support receptiveness for new ways to plan and create.
Central concepts that are critically analysed and discussed include differences in history and cultural heritage and the contextual situation of historical environments, e.g. the park as a part of the city’s development; the country estate landscape as part of its time’s societal development.

LK0403 The Cultural Heritage of Landscape Architecture, 15.0 Credits

The Cultural Heritage of Landscape Architecture

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

The equivalent of 120 credits, of which 90 credits in one of the following main subjects:

• Landscape Architecture
• Architecture
• Spatial Planning
• Art
• Geography

English 6 is also a specific entry requirement


After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- describe and critically analyse a place from an historical and a future perspective
- discuss the physical and intangible heritage
- describe and critically analyse cultural heritage in relation to societal development
- formulate theoretical questions with relevance to impending changes in the landscape


The concept of cultural heritage is treated from different perspectives, e.g. urban, rural, local, regional, national, nature, culture, scale levels, etc. The course comprises lectures on the underlying principles, seminars in which the contextual situation is discussed, and study trips. The course concludes with an essay on one of the themes of the course, which should demonstrate that the student has applied the general objectives of the course. The course comprises literature studies and projects, individual as well as in groups. Projects are either theoretical or focus on actual contemporary cases. The relationship between theoretical concepts and practice is studied from historical and philosophical perspectives in order to support receptiveness for new ways to plan and create. The experiences of working landscape architects are used to put cultural heritage in a planning and design context. The students are expected to find literature and relevant angles by themselves.

The course comprises group projects, study trips (compulsory), workshops (compulsory), lectures, literature seminars, criticism (reviews), independent work with reading and writing.

Formats and requirements for examination

Lecturers will evaluate the quality of compulsory assignments submitted and presented by students, in particular the essay. 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 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

Some travel costs for field trips may be financed by the student.
Courses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0269, LK0337
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: LK0403 Application code: SLU-40148 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%