Ethics in Landscape Architecture

Ethics in Landscape Architecture
23. July 2020 Cara Turett

Thoreau's Cove, Concord, Mass. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

This course covers basic positions of philosophical ethics with a strong emphasis on central debates in landscape architecture.

The course aims to provide basic knowledge of concepts and terms within moral philosophy; engage with current debates in landscape architecture through lectures, text analysis, discussions and presentations; develop an understanding of the relation between science/society/design as well as practice and theory; help establish one’s own design attitude; provide tools for argumentation; put to practice scientific working methods.

Between the poles of theory and practice and through the development of a foundation in ethics, the students’ sensitivity for ecological, political and social issues will be awakened and strengthened. In response to current issues touched upon in the disciplinary media or journalism, we will reflect upon the role of landscape architects in today’s society as well as one’s own individual attitude within the profession. The overall goal is for students to gain a critical understanding of a range of design approaches as well as an awareness of the specific role of design and design quality in the context of ethical debates.

Texts will be read in English. A handout with detailed information will be presented during the first course meeting. Detailed information regarding the course will be communicated at the beginning of the semester.

  • 22 September–1 December, 2023
  • Course 061-0111-00 G
  • 2 Credits
  • Language: English
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in MScLA Program