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Landscape Analysis for People and Environment Studies

This year the course is entirely online (via Zoom and Canvas) and there will be no campus teaching.

Some types of environments are more attractive to people than others and can provide restoration, recreation, socialisation, etc. A town square may be barren and repelling, another may be crowded and attractive. Forests may invoke different emotions than seashores. The aim of this course is to interpret different types of environments or landscapes by applying models and tools that are relevant in a user perspective. Students go through phases of theory, preparation and application with the ultimate goal to understand how to evaluate landscapes from a user perspective.

Four online meetings

27-29 January 2021
15-17 March
21-23 April
24-26 May

Dates for Spring 2022 will be published during the Autumn semester.

Welcome to the course! Now a detailed Timetable (revised 2020-12-15) is uploaded here at the course homepage and below you find a link to the Course Instructions. The course instructions are intended to guide and support you throughout the course. Please read the instructions carefully and let me know if you have questions or comments ( Course_Instructions_Landscape_Analysis_2021_ver_2.pdf (

Information and guidelines regarding Zoom

Normally this course is Campus based, but because of the current situation, the course will be mostly online. Therefore you need to install zoom before the first course meeting:

The scheduled course meetings at Zoom are mandatory. Please note that they will not be recorded.

  • You need to have audio and video that works. Install zoom and check that audio and video is working before the first course meeting. The video should be on all the time, except during presentations and breaks.
  • Mute the microphone when you are not talking. Unmute if you want to say something. If you want to ask or say something, say it out loud. Use the chat if it is not urgent.
  • The breaks are important! Let us know if the sessions are too long. Welcome to use the following links during breaks:

Have a Great Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you soon! Anna

The course evaluation is now closed

MP0002-30168 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

MP0002 Landscape Analysis for People and Environment Studies, 15.0 Credits

Landskapsanalys i studier av människa och miljö

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture Environmental Psychology

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 and English 6


The aims of the course are to generate competence to perform landscape analyses and to create an understanding of the potential of landscape analysis within the field of people-environment studies.

After completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• discuss and compare concepts and tools for analysis and design
• formulate problems of relevance to landscape analysis
• identify literature for use in landscape analysis
• identify and develop tools for use in landscape analysis
• use and evaluate tools for use in landscape analysis
• be able to present completed landscape analyses verbally, in writing and visually


The course is divided in three steps. In step one, literature review, the students identify issues and concepts within the field of people and environment studies of relevance for landscape analysis and compile useful literature concerning these identified aspects. This is reported in a written literature review. In step two, tools for use in landscape analysis are identified and/or developed. This is reported orally in seminars and in a written report. In step three different tools for landscape analysis are tested and compared. This is also reported orally in seminars and in a written report.

The course combines mandatory Campus meetings with tasks carried out independently and in groups.

Formats and requirements for examination

Participation in compulsory elements. Approved participation in seminars. Successful completion of exercises.
  • 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 is given as a distance course, with mandatory Campus meetings, at 50% speed.
Basic skills in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Human Geography, Pedagogy, or Psychology are recommended.

Responsible department

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0239
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: Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Environmental Psychology
Course code: MP0002 Application code: SLU-30168 Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 50%