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Studio – Landscape planning

LK0419 Studio – Landscape planning, 15.0 Credits

Studio – Landskapsplanering

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Landscape Planning 10.00 1002
Landscape Theory and Values 5.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

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 80 credits landscape architecture and 5 credits soil science.


The purpose of the course is for the student to develop knowledge and skills in landscape analysis and gain basic knowledge of physical and urban planning. The aim is also to provide students with basic knowledge of society’s laws, rules and goals for long-term sustainable development as well as regional differences in the landscape.

Knowledge and understanding
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- give examples of regional differences in the landscape that affect people’s conditions for living and working in different parts of the country;
- describe the interaction between an urban area and the structures and functions of the surrounding landscape;
- describe some urban planning theories that form the basis for landscape planning;
- explain the importance of carrying out a landscape analysis before a change in land use;
- discuss and exemplify how different actors have the opportunity to influence landscape planning in processes and stages that are governed by societal goals, laws and regulations as well as planning and environmental legislation.

Skills and Abilities
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- methodically search for and compile geographical and other information relevant to the implementation of a landscape analysis;
- methodically describe the conditions and sensitivity of a landscape to a changed land and water use;
- justify a change in land and water use from a landscape and planning perspective.

Evaluation ability and approach
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- formulate issues relevant to landscape planning linked to society’s goals for long-term sustainable development;
- discuss and problematize a selection of values and interests that affect landscape planning from a national and international perspective.


The course is organized around a compulsory project work in studio form where students work in small groups that visit and do landscape analyzes of different urban areas around the country. An exercise that, among other things, enables comparisons of how different conditions in the landscape affect both people’s opportunities to live and use the landscape and how the conditions affect vegetation and plant use.

In their work, the students start from a given method but are also introduced to other proven methods relevant to the analysis of the landscape. Based on a change in land and water use in a Swedish urban area, they describe and analyze the landscape’s conditions. The task can vary from year to year and is based, for example, on the location of housing, recreation, energy supply, etc. The focus is on describing, assessing and presenting the landscape’s conditions for showing trade-offs between current claims. Aspects that are studied are the landscape’s biophysical properties, structures and functions, as well as cultural and social characteristics of the locality. The students report the results in groups in text and pictures as well as orally. In an individual writing exercise, the student make comparisons and ask questions relevant to landscape planning.

In connection with the project work, a methodological work with map layers is introduced as a tool for searching, compiling and evaluating geographical information in a landscape analysis.

The project work includes theoretical parts that are examined in seminars and with individual writing exercises. The theoretical parts deal with urban planning theory based on history, ideologies and values as well as physical planning with society’s goals, laws and rules.

Urban planning history is studied trough literature studies and lectures. Swedish urban development is associated with currents and ideas in society in Sweden and internationally. The city as a system in the landscape, ie the interaction between the surrounding landscape, traffic system, buildings and blue-green structure is studied. Prerequisites for a long-term sustainable development of different types of cities are highlighted.

Students are introduced to Swedish legislation that governs and regulates the municipalities’ physical planning. The purposes of the legislation are discussed as well as the planning process and its various parties.

In lectures, texts and compulsory seminars, students discuss different values and interests in relation to overall global, national and local societal goals for long-term sustainable development. Ethical perspectives are raised. Outside and inside perspectives are discussed in relation to change in the landscape.

The course gives 15 credits of skill training.

Formats and requirements for examination

The course contains theoretical parts that are examined with individual written exercises and seminars. Applied landscape planning is examined with group work in project form and an individual written exercise.

To pass the course, approved written exercises and group work are required, as well as a pass
participation in compulsory project work, seminars and study trip.
  • 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

Prerequisites 5 credits of soil science are given by the course LK0292 Introduction to landscape architecture, geology and hydrology, alternatively MV0213/MV0224 Soil as a plant habitat and plant knowledge 3.

Study trip is included in the course and costs are presented no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course.

Responsible department

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: Delar av LK0232, LK0109 och LK0168. LK0349.
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture Programme - Uppsala, Landscape Architecture Programme, Ultuna Landscape Architecture Programme, Ultuna Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0419 Application code: SLU-10043 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%