Nature, Landscape and Heritage

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode GEMNLH
Vaknaam Nature, Landscape and Heritage
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Nature, Landscape and Heritage
Leerdoelen After following the course, the student is able to:
1. assess landscape and heritage values of different discourses in a pluralistic society
2. read and distinguish landscapes in an interdisciplinary way in order to connect with landscape interpretations and appreciations from different disciplines
3. study the history and background of urban and rural landscapes to assess vulnerability and appreciations of places
4. relate social, economic and political trends to current planning problems and solutions stemming from various contemporary uses of the past
5. participate actively in current debates on cultural and natural heritage management
6. assess vulnerabilities of natural and cultural landscapes
7. understand and respect the diversity in heritage and landscape identities
8. translate disciplinary terminology to tourism and other disciplines
Omschrijving Natural, heritage and landscape values of the rural and urban environment are studied to understand the different appreciations and valuations of places and areas in society. During lectures, attention will be paid to the birth and evolution of the idea of the preservation of the past and its paradigmatic transformation into heritage, with a specific focus on cultural, natural and geoheritage. The main contemporary issues and controversies surrounding heritage and identifications in pluralistic societies will also be addressed, including practical examples during (guest) lectures. Theoretical approaches of ecology, biodiversity and the landscape biography method will be introduced. To fully understand the complexity of the variety in landscape perceptions, knowledge on historical landscape development will be provided during lectures, (self-guided) excursions and presentations. The academic theories on nature values, heritage and landscape perception will be compared with the professional practice by several company visits. By analysing a self-chosen landscape, a landscape biography will be written in which historical and current relationships between biotic, abiotic and human factors (including perceptions) of (natural) landscapes will be connected.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Excursions, Fieldwork, Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures, Seminars
(and Company visits)
Toetsvorm Active participation, Examination with multiple choice questions digital, Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments digital, Interim test with multiple choice questions digital, Interim test with open questions digital, Oral presentation
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. ir. E.W. Meijles
Docent(en) ir. B.M. Boumans, MSc. ,dr. P.D. Groote , Guest lecturers ,dr. ir. E.W. Meijles
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
See literature list on Brightspace for full details.
Opmerkingen Optional for all FSS masters and for the Master Landscape History (LET).
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography 1 semester I b verplicht
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Population Studies) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Optional courses Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I b keuze