This module will outline the major historical periods in the development of gardens and landscapes as social, cultural, economic and art forms. The sessions will cover an introduction to the key periods and personalities of the history of landscape architecture and garden design from antiquity to the present day, and will also examine related disciplines and their various manifestations through history. This will be considered contextually through the history of designed landscapes, architecture and urbanism. The module aims to provide a primary theoretical knowledge and understanding of critical ideas shaping the thinking of landscape designers. Students will develop an understanding of some of the core areas of history and theory underpinning the study and practice of landscape architecture and garden design. This module will also provide an introduction to key sources of information and the expectations of academic research and writing in the field and to be successful in Higher Education.