This course provides a forum to discuss and explore contemporary questions and issues in landscape architectural design. In addition it prepares students to develop research interests and to formulate positions upon entering professional study in the field of landscape architecture. Individual and collective critical inquiries into the landscape discipline are structured upon readings, field trips, analysis of landscape architectural projects, and presentations given by the faculty of the Department of Landscape Architecture and guests. Through assigned papers the course seeks to deepen the student\’s understanding of the cultural context of the landscape architectural project, and it provides a platform from which the student may pursue advanced levels of research and design in studios and other course work. The course will combine entering students from the MLA I AP and MLA II degree programs.