Course Title: Landscape Architecture History 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture History 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Rosalea Monacella and Bridget Keane

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399253294, +61399252968

Course Coordinator Email: /

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course, the third in a sequence of three, provides a survey of contemporary theory and its role in Landscape Architecture.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide.

Program Capabilities which will be developed through this course are:

  • Engaging with and understanding the design canon in a critical way
  • Effective verbal, written, graphic and visual communication
  • Effectively presenting your ideas through presentations to an audience.
  • Exploring research methodologies.
  • Critiquing projects by engaging in reflective practice.




On successful completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Introductory knowledge of a selected range of the influential critical theories from the twentieth century onwards.
  • A critical understanding of influential contemporary theory relevant to significant contemporary design problems.
  • An appreciation of the complex relationship between design theory and practice in the context of the broader critical and cultural concerns and motivations covered in this seminar.
  • A critical understanding of the extent to which these theoretical frameworks might inform design.
  • A critical consideration of the limitations and possibilities of theory in relation to design.
  • An ability to critically analyse and evaluate design projects in relation to the theoretical frameworks covered in the seminar.
  • An ability to construct and present an argument supporting the position formulated as a result of critical appraisal or analysis.
  • Written, graphic and verbal communication skills adequate to the communication of the above.
  • Research and organizational skills adequate to the completion of the above.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials, symposia and workshops.

Much of the learning will be based on set readings and linked symposium discussions, so your active preparation and participation is essential


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT Online Learning Hub can be found at

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture Students. The library subject guide is a source of online resources and references - it can be found at:

The Library has additional support information on academic referencing

A range of Study resources can be found at:

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students with a first language other than English:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on the presentation of both written and visual material.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures:

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