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Advanced Landscape Architecture Theory and Professional Practice

Intended for forth to fifth year students, this course seeks to develop insight into critical ideas that can guide the thought and practice of the landscape architect and planner. By linking together, and contrasting, perspectives taken from the social and natural sciences and the humanities, the course seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of landscape architecture and planning practice as related to practical examples linking at the level of the region, the municipality and the local environment.

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for LK0402

Academic year 2022/2023

Advanced Landscape Architecture Theory and Professional Practice (LK0402-20008)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Advanced Landscape Architecture Theory and Professional Practice (LK0402-20152)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16


LK0402 Advanced Landscape Architecture Theory and Professional Practice, 15.0 Credits

Advanced Landscape Architecture Theory and Professional Practice


Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Single module 15.0 0101

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s 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

specific entry requirements: 90 credits in one of the following subjects:

• architecture

• landscape architecture

• landscape planning

• built environment

• design

• spatial planning

• geography

• landscape science

• environmental science

• civil engineering


English 6 or equivalent.


The aim of the course is to learn to use and apply key concepts within landscape architectural and planning practice in a critical way, and to offer an historical and philosophical background to the use of concepts and tools in landscape architecture.

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

- show insight into how the use of key concepts matter for the everyday planning and design practice,

- elaborate on the historical background for key concepts, and

- critically engage with the interface between working concepts and practice.


This course is concerned with key concepts in landscape architecture and planning practice, such as place, space, nature, scale, environment, power, representation and landscape. These concepts are sites of conflict, with different interests seeking to define them in their own way. The course seeks to give the student insight into how to critically use theoretical concepts to inform and guide an inclusive and just landscape architectural and planning practice. It also provides a historical and philosophical back-ground on the development of the key concepts, and of how their use has shaped the land. An important aspect of the course is the insight that society and its landscapes are not uniform, but are made of multiple activities, power-relations and processes.

The course combines group discussion of central theoretical texts with a field study of key up-to-date examples of landscape architectural and planning practice. Emphasis is set on the key concepts, which will be treated in the context of the actual architectural and planning practice, on various "scales". Literature seminars and lectures on different themes form the base of the course. The course concludes with a final paper which should be informed by the reading and discussion on the key concepts. Success as a student depends on the ability to be able to make key concepts speak to the particular subject or problem that the student is interested in exploring. This means learning to think about concepts not as something to be memorised, but as flexible tools for critical analysis and creative work.

Literature seminars (including preparatory work), excursion and final seminar are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Active participation at compulsory moments (seminars and excursion) and approved final seminar.
  • 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

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: LK0288

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0402 Application code: SLU-20042 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%