Landscape has multiple meanings and scales. They can be historical, social, political, economic, and environmental while simultaneously being rural, regional, or urban. Landscapes change over time, as do our interpretations and uses of them.

The course critically examines the past and present landscapes in which we live, work and spend our free time. The course has a field study that combines methods for landscape analysis with theory to enable practiced examples of landscape reading. The course teaches how to read landscapes, understand landscape changes and interpret the current landscape in its social and historical contexts.

At the end of the course, students should be able to: 

  • explain how the past and the present are represented in landscapes and the purpose of these representations.
  • demonstrate the knowledge and application of methods for analysing the landscape, from contemporary and historical perspectives.
  • discuss and reflect on the theoretical perspectives for reading the landscape.
  • conduct a literature study including questions, literature search and compiling literature from one area of landscape research.
  • synthesize the basic course terms – landscape, culture, society – to critically reflect the relationship between people and place.

The course includes introduction, lecturers, seminaries and excursion.

Student performance is evaluated through testing students’ knowledge and understanding as defined by the learning outcomes. Testing of knowledge and understanding takes place via written and oral presentation of assignments.

Course coordinator: Danielle Drozdzewski
Course code: KG7244
Cycle: Second Cycle
Main field of study: Human Geography
Language of instruction: English
Pace percentage: 100%
Course start: Spring Semester
Semester period: C–D
Module sharing: No
Special eligibility requirements:  Bachelor's degree incl. 90 HECs in Archeology, Ethnology, Geography, Earth Sciences, Human Geography, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning or other landscape-related subject. Alternatively admitted to master programme in Human Geography, Urban and Regional Planning or Environmental Social Science. English 6.
Selection: Higher Education Credits (up to 270).
Application: See the University course and programme database.

Detailed information, including grading criteria, is provided in connection with the course introduction and via the Athena learning platform. Syllabus, required reading and schedule are published below. When the syllabus is revised, this is done at least one month before the last application date. The literature list is usually revised before each course is given and this is done at least two months before the course starts. The schedule is available here no later than one month before the course starts, but minor schedule adjustments can be made later.