LUP-36806 Landscape Theory and Analysis


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. MM Bakker
Lecturer(s)DF Valbuena Vargas
prof. dr. MM Bakker
dr. A Patuano
dr. A Aceska
Examiner(s)prof. dr. MM Bakker

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

GRS-10806 Geo-information Science for Planning and Design, MAT-15403 Statistics 2, MAT-14903 Mathematics 2, LAR-37306 Reflections on Planning and Design Practices

Continuation courses:

GEO-37806 Research Methodology for Planning and Design


In this course students learn to understand and analyse landscapes from three theoretical perspectives: Landscape as (a) an object; (b) a cultural construct; and (c) an experience. Within these groups, some of the typical analysis tools will be discussed and practiced. Students will also get to reflect upon how the theoretical perspectives and analysis tools covered in the course are useful for processes and practices of planning and design.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize various theoretical perspectives on landscape in planning and design practices;
- discuss commonly used landscape analysis methods in the preparation and evaluation of planning and design;
- select appropriate theoretical perspectives and analysis methods for a given research challenge;
- perform scientific analyses of landscapes based on theoretical perspectives;
- critically reflect on analysis methods and theoretical perspectives for a given research challenge;
- combine appropriate perspectives and analytical methods for conducting a coherent landscape analysis.


- lectures;
- literature study;
- practica (computer and field);
- discussions and assignments.


No written exam; grade is based on a set of individual and group assignments.


An instructions manual, plus scientific papers that will be distributed via Brights[pace.

Compulsory for: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMSc2MO