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Conservation of Gardens, Parks and Designed Landscapes

LK0413 Conservation of Gardens, Parks and Designed Landscapes, 15.0 Credits

Bevarande av trädgårdar, parker och gestaltade landskap

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, of which 90 credits in one of the following subjects:

• architecture
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science
• arts
• culture conservation
• archeaology
• civil and environmental engineering


English 6 or equivalent.


The course applies an understanding of knowledge and skills in the field of conservation of historic gardens, parks and designed landscapes theoretically, historically, legally, practically and artistically. The focus is on Swedish conditions in a European context.

After completion of the course, the student should be able to

• describe and account for the conservation-discourse concerning historic gardens, parks and designed landscape
• understand, explain, reflect and apply key concepts concerning heritage legislation and the conservation and management of historic gardens, parks and designed landscapes

• analyze, reflect and discuss, in speech and writing, in the discussion concerning the management of historic gardens in theory and practice

• apply methods for the preservation and use of a historic garden, park or designed landscape in accordance with Swedish legislation, international conventions and policy documents

• create documents based on the course methodology and developed practice for conservation programs for gardens and other designed landscapes


The course gives an introduction to conservation of historic gardens, parks and designed landscapes in theory and practice. Lectures and seminars give an overview of the field and possibilities to discuss, reflect on and problematize different angles with a focus on the discourse and different principles and concepts in the ideology of conservation, cultural- and bio cultural heritage. The course also provide knowledge of how to do a conservation plan with a method of systematic valuation and clear objectives. During the course, actual historic gardens, parks and designed landscapes will be discussed in lectures, seminars and excursions. Writing an individual paper is an important part of the course and it assumes previous skills in academic writing. You will do a research-study on a historic garden, park or designed landscape, which include studies in the archives as well as in the field that will end up in a proposal of a conservation plan.

Scheduled excursions, study visits and literature seminars are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Participating teachers assess the quality of oral seminar presentations and written individual work as well as active participation in compulsory parts.
  • 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

The course includes an excursion that is conducted at cost price.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0381, LK0305
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 - Uppsala, Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Horticultural Management Programme - Garden Design, Bachelor´s Programme Syllabus for Horticultural Management – Garden Design (BSc) Landscape Architecture Programme, Ultuna Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0413 Application code: SLU-40008 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%