SGL-23312 Landscape Geography


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical99
Excursion (one day)28
Course coordinator(s)dr. R van Beek
Lecturer(s)dr. R van Beek
Dr. RJ van Lanen
JHJ Candel
dr. J Limpens
dr. A Makaske
IM Lubbers
R Dijksma
dr. J van Ruijven
Examiner(s)dr. A Makaske
dr. R van Beek
R Dijksma
dr. J Limpens

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

PEN-10503 Ecology I; SGL-11303 Soil 1


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with PEN-21803 Ecology of Communities, Ecosystems and Landscapes: Theory and/or PEN-22303 Ecology of Communities, Ecosystems and Landscapes: Field Excursions and/or SGL-22803 Soils and Landscapes of the Netherlands and/or SGL-23806 Fundamentals of Landscape and/or SGL-22306 Geology, Soils and Landscapes of the Rhine-Meuse Delta.

This course focuses on the relationships between geology, hydrology, soil, land use, vegetation and ecosystems, historical geography and the genesis, appearance and identity of the Dutch landscapes. Attention will be paid to cultivated regions as well as areas reserved for nature conservation and nature development. Field practicals and excursions alternate the lectures, are illustrative and deepen the substance. For students BLP the lectures and field trips open up a window on the analysis, planning and design of the metropolitan landscape. This is being practiced in the follow-up course: Integrated Studio: the Metropolitan Landscape.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the genesis, history and identity of landscapes (including land use, vegetation patterns and the distribution of wild animal species) at different scales as a function of the interaction between geological, hydrological, pedological, ecological and anthropogenic processes;
- recognize, understand, interpret and investigate genesis, spatial distribution and properties of geological deposits, geomorphological units and soils in different landscapes;
- demonstrate detailed understanding of species adaptations to environmental conditions and the effects of species characteristics on ecosystem functioning;
- indicate problems and solutions in land use planning based on soil, hydrological and landscape properties.


- attend lectures, field practicals and excursions;
- inventory and interpretation of (combined) field data.


- written examination, for each of the 4 disciplines (SGL, PEN, HWA, GEO). HWA makes use of multiple choice questions; SGL and GEO are considering to do the same. The grade for each part should at least be 5.0, with an average of 5.5 or more;
- presence during field trips is compulsory. Lost days (not allowed) need to be made up for after the course (sometimes possible in period 6, sometimes at some point in the following year. 
- students have to follow the excursions and field practicals in a scientific way. Insufficient participation may have consequences for the final mark (-10%).


Jongmans [et. al]. (2013). Landschappen van Nederland, geologie, bodem en landgebruik. ISBN: 978-908686-213-9.
Berendse, F. ( 2011). Natuur in Nederland. KNNV Uitgeverij. ISBN 9789050113762.

Renes, H., 2010: Op zoek naar de geschiedenis van het landschap. Handleiding voor onderzoek naar onze historische omgeving, Hilversum, Verloren (pagina’s 17-22, 27-39).
Barends, S., e.a., 2005: Het Nederlandse landschap. Een historisch-geografische benadering, Utrecht, Matrijs (9de druk)(pagina’s 14-22, 28-34, 54-63, 68-76, 92-100, 104-114, 128-137.

Reader and workbook Landscape Geography available at the WUR-shop.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc5WD