SGL-23312 Landscape Geography


Studiepunten 12.00

Field practical80
Excursion (one day)56
Course coordinator(s)dr. R van Beek
Lecturer(s)IM Lubbers
dr. R van Beek
dr. A Makaske
dr. J Limpens
R Dijksma
dr. J van Ruijven
Examiner(s)dr. J Limpens
R Dijksma
dr. R van Beek
dr. A Makaske

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PEN-10503 Ecology I; SGL-11303 Soil 1


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 with open questions. Minimum rate of each of the 4 disciplines (SGL, PEN, HWA, GEO) 5.0;
- presence during field trips is compulsory. Lost days (not allowed) need to be followed in the next year (no mark);
- 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.
Reader and workbook Landscape Geography available at the WUR shop.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc5WD