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Studio – Water environments and landscape architecture

LK0421 Studio – Water environments and landscape architecture, 15.0 Credits

Studio – Vattenmiljöer och landskapsarkitektur

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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 corresponding to 150 credits, of which 90 credits in specialisation comprising 90 credits in one of the following subjects/disciplinary domains: Architecture, Landscape architecture, Landscape planning, Community planning, Physical planning, or Human, social and economic geography, as well as knowledge corresponding to English 6.



The course aims to introduce theory, knowledge and skills about environmental climate-adapted overall water planning and landscape architecture, as well as to develop and deepen understanding, competence, and judgements in delimited landscape architecture group work projects in water planning and design that includes individual sub assignments.

The overall knowledge of the complex conditions of water environment planning is concretized by clarifying the role of landscape architecture as a coordinating function for other areas of expertise.

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding
After the course, the student shall:
- be able to account for relevant environmental goals, directives, legislation, and processes for water planning, both in general and specifically for the course’s design project;
- be able to discuss and give examples of water planning with varied problem backgrounds where different specialized requirements are coordinated in holistic design through applied landscape architecture.

Competence and skills
After the course, the student shall:
- be able to communicate knowledge, observations, own investigations on water environments orally and with text and illustrations;
- be able to integrate systematic critical analysis in the project’s design and uses of the landscape’s water environments even with limited background information provided;
- demonstrate the ability to collaborate in project group work in landscape architecture.

Judgement and approach
After the course, the student shall:
- demonstrate the ability to reflect and assess relevant scientific, social, aesthetic, environmental and ethical aspects, including the human relationship and use of water environments;
- demonstrate the ability to evaluate the project group work and identify the need for additional knowledge and competence for further development of the project proposal.


The course includes a theoretical part and a part with project teaching. The course shall have a current connection to climate issues and global goals for water environment planning and its landscaped design.

The course contains an orienting theoretical knowledge background in water environment planning including three-dimensional design of topography and terrain as a background for project teaching. The theoretical knowledge deals with concepts and directives for water planning at international and national level as well as legislation and processes for decisions regarding the use and design of aquatic environments. General knowledge is provided in the course on aquatic environment conditions, water cycles, and water environments crucial role in the transition to a sustainable climate adapted society characterized by high biodiversity and inclusion of both economic and cultural historical values, and people’s demands for water where access and equal right to a multifunctional landscape are included.

The knowledge background also provides a specific basis for the project teaching, where study visits to good role models from different aspects of landscape architectural designs of aquatic environments are included with examples of coordinated solutions between different areas of expertise. The knowledge background is examined through an individual exam.

The course’s landscape architecture project is based on acquired theoretical knowledge as well as analyzes of own empirical investigations of the conditions of the delimited project site. Landscape architecture skills for communication through a combination of text, pictures, maps, drawings, and illustrations that show how the design of water environments meet the program criteria in the course project is a central part of the project teaching.

The landscape architecture project is based on the situation for a water area. The water area in the course shall have a relatively extensive geographical demarcation in the form of, for example, a lake, a coastal area, an archipelago environment, or a river.

However, the concrete design task is delimited to a manageable part of the whole suitable for the time frame for the course. The project will contain a complex problem picture including several aspects of water, for example water quality, plant- and animal life in and around water, bottom sediment, and the water cycle. The complexity shall also apply to people’s various demands on water use, such as drinking water, recreation and leisure purposes, energy production, industrial use, irrigation, transport, stormwater management and flooding problems.

The project work is supported by lectures, as well as compulsory study visits and exercises with supervision and reviews. The project work is carried out in groups where some of the project work’s exercises are submitted individually.

The course gives 15 credits of skill training.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved project work in groups with certain individual exercise assignments within the project work and approved written individual examination as well as approved participation in compulsory study visits.
  • 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 gives 15 credits of skill training.

Travel costs to the site for project work and the field trip are financed by the student. Information about costs will be available at the course homepage 4 weeks before course start.

Recommended skills for the course are the ability to lead and be led in group work where understanding of complex problems is the background to creative processes and proposals in landscape architecture that are communicated orally and with text and illustrations.

Responsible department

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
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 for Sustainable Urbanisation - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0421 Application code: SLU-10040 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%