spring 2024
LAR-3082 Perspectives on nature and landscape practices - 6 ECTS

Type of course

Cannot be taken as an individual course. Available only to students enrolled in the study programme Master in Landscape Architecture.

Course content

The course provides insights into the relationship between perspectives on nature and different landscape practices. The course focuses on how different perceptions of nature leave their mark on the landscape. This focus applies both to how different perspectives on nature have shaped the development of landscapes over time, and how they unfold in contemporary discussions about land use and major landscape interventions.

The Sámi perspective on nature and associated landscape practices will be included as a central theme in relation to the understanding of the cultural landscape in the Arctic/subarctic. The course forms a foundation for students to develop a reflective relationship to different perspectives on nature and use this both in the understanding of relevant issues and in reflection over their own landscape architectural practice.

Objectives of the course

After passing the course, students will have the following learning outcomes:


  • Specific knowledge of perspectives on nature in the Arctic/subarctic, including Sámi perspectives and associated landscape practices.
  • General knowledge about different perspectives on nature and their influence on the landscape currently and historically.
  • Understanding of the relationship between perspectives on nature and different landscape practices.


  • The ability to critically reflect upon specific landscape practices and uses which represent different perspectives of nature.
  • The ability to identify arguments and points of view in discussions around land use and major landscape interventions that represent different perspectives of nature.
  • The ability to describe and discuss landscape architectural issues from a position which considers the perspectives on nature.

General competence:

  • The ability to independently apply theoretical knowledge about perspectives on nature in the analysis of landscapes and more extensive landscape interventions.
  • The ability to orient oneself in complex issues relating to landscape architecture and identify central aspects connected to perspectives on nature.
  • The ability to reflect upon one’s own perspectives on nature.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Teaching is undertaken through a series of lectures, text reviews, written assignments, and a combination of oral and written presentations, individually or in groups

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students.

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements. Please see the Admission requirements.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT


More info about the coursework requirements

The following work requirements must be met before the exam can take place:

Documentation that all assignments set as a part of the course has been completed/handed in. The person with course responsibility will determine the documentation requirements for each specific assignment.

Re-sit examination

If students fail, they can re-sit the exam the following semester.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 6
  • Course code: LAR-3082
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