GEO-37306 Global Landscapes and Place-Making


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Excursion (one day)4
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. A Aceska
Lecturer(s)dr. A Aceska
Examiner(s)dr. A Aceska

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This course addresses the global/local nexus in the production, consumption and use of landscapes in the world today. The aim of the course is two-fold. On the one hand, it examines the ways in which different legacies of planning and design produce different types of what we call global or globalising landscapes. On the other hand, it studies the ways in which the valuation, production and consumption of these global landscapes as a form of economic, social and political capital can play a role in planning and design practices. While discussing recent theories adopted in cultural geography, sociology and (development) economics, the course focuses on the understanding of practices and processes in which planning and design can be played out differently with varied impacts. Case studies of global/globalising landscapes drawn from all over the world will play a central role in this course and will represent the veritable 'laboratories' where the students will be able to test out and critically approach the theories. Some of the themes explored in this course include, among others, the relationships between landscapes and evolving notions of global cities, heritage, international trade and policy, identity formation, refugee geographies, global health, human-animal relations and conservation. The implications of each of these themes for the tasks of landscape architecture and spatial planning will be explicitly made throughout the course.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- comprehend key geographical, sociological and economic developments of globalising landscapes;
- compare geographical, sociological and economic theories and approaches to studying landscape and place-making;
- understand the implications of geographical, sociological and economic theories and approaches for the planning and design of globalising landscapes;
- investigate the impacts of globalisation on urban and rural globalising landscapes in the Netherlands and abroad;
- critically reflect on how globalisation affects practices of landscape architecture and spatial planning;
- formulate, undertake and reflect on an individual project centred on a chosen issue(s) related to globalising landscapes.


Lecture, Tutorial, Debates, Individual Paper, Literature Study, Field Excursion.


Essay-based questions.


To be determined.

Restricted Optional for: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMSc2AF
MTOTourism, Society and EnvironmentMSc2AF