061-0111-00L  Ethics in Landscape Architecture

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersA. Kirchengast
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


061-0111-00 GEthics in Landscape Architecture Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
No course on 27.10.2022 (Seminar Week). It takes place as block seminar in alternation with History and Theory of Landscape Architecture I.
24s hrs
Fri/2w13:45-17:30HIL G 64 »
10.11.13:45-17:30HIL G 64 »
01.12.13:45-17:30HIL G 64 »
A. Kirchengast

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course covers basic positions of philosophical ethics with a strong emphasis on central debates in landscape architecture.
ObjectiveThe 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.
ContentBetween 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 German and English.

Detailed information regarding the course will be communicated at the beginning of the semester.
Lecture notesCourse material will be provided.
LiteratureThe course material includes a reading list.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course takes place as a block course alternating with "History and Theory of Landscape Architecture I".
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersA. Kirchengast
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationDas genaue Prüfungsdatum folgt vor der 7. Semesterwoche.

Learning materials

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No information on groups available.


General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupLandscape Architecture MSc (061000)

Offered in

Landscape Architecture MasterCompulsory Basic CoursesOInformation