This intensive, four-week study-abroad course is designed for immersion in all things British, and to familiarize students with the ways that human culture and natural environments intersect to create landscapes.
In the English Landscape is offered in even years.
As far back as the historical record reaches, human beings have tried to alter and control their environments to make them more "beautiful," more "orderly," more impressive of the power of the gardeners, or more reflective of the glory of their creator-gods. Environmental factors, such as climate, topography, and available flora and fauna, have always guided the labors of landscape designers and horticulturists; at the same time human aspirations of power, class, and ambition usually drove their employers. Natural science and human culture came together in history, as people in particular times and places strove to display their prowess, "improve" their surroundings, or express their appreciation for the universe of living things. These are the intersections we explore in this course.
The primary location is in Devizes, Wiltshire (about two hours west of London). Several days will be spent in London as well as a brief time in the area of Manchester. Many days are in the field on landscape sites or at galleries or in urban parks.
Application for In the English Landscape begins in the fall. The priority registration deadline is November 30, with continuing registration on a space-availability basis until February 1. Contact Dr. Dana for specific instructions on how to apply.
For more information contact:
Prof. Mike Dana, Horticulture
205A HORT (Horticulture Building)
Prof. John Larson, History
225 UNIV (University Hall) - Prof. Larson will be away from campus on sabattical during fall semester 2013, but can be reached via email for questions about this course.
Participants will earn 3 credits of HIST or HORT or LA 45000.
Program Website: Ag Study Abroad