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Deciphering Landscape

MESS50, 7.5 credits

The Deciphering Landscape (Understanding the Social and Ecological Dimensions from Multiple Perspectives) course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on landscape studies.

By integrating different fields' understanding of the landscape concept, the course offers a complex understanding of the historical and contemporary connections between landscape, human activity and sustainability.

By integrating landscape studies and sustainability science the course problematizes the landscape concept. For example, the course examines different processes of landscape development, issues of path dependence in local and regional development, and landscapes' role in social justice and sustainability. The course problematizes constraints and possibilities for desirable landscapes trajectories.

The course offers training in the following skills:

  • archival research and historical data resources
  • remote sensing and cartographic analysis
  • critical in situ observation
  • practice in written and oral presentations and data visualization

Literature list

Literature list, established 2018-06-14 PDF (203 kB)


The course gave a good overview of the different forces at play in shaping landscape (physically, politically, social etc.).


Student, Batch 21