MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

AUTUMN SEMESTER

HERITAGE, HISTORY AND IDENTITY

AAP6102 15 CREDITS
CO-ORDINATOR:
OTHER TUTORS: LIZ CARNEGIE, KEVIN KUYKENDALL, COINNEACH MACLEAN, JOHN MORELAND, CAROLYN SHELBOURN, SUE SHERRATT

MODULE OUTLINE

This module highlights the diversity of cultural heritage, ranging from cultural and ‘natural’ landscapes, through monuments to music, dress, cuisine, ‘traditional’ crafts, and language and dialect. It explores the role of these various forms of heritage in shaping local, regional and national identity; the extent to which they reflect or misrepresent local, regional and national history; the legal and ethical issues surrounding conservation and preservation of heritage; and how study of ‘traditional’ lifeways may contribute to understanding of history.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to provide prospective managers of cultural heritage with a broad understanding of:

  • the diversity of heritage, from cultural landscapes, through monuments and portable material culture, to non-material forms such as music and dialect or traditional ‘ways of doing’.
  • the role of cultural heritage in shaping, constructing and representing local, regional and national identities;
  • how interpretation of cultural heritage may represent and misrepresent history;
  • how study or re-creation of traditional crafts and lifeways may contribute to historical understanding;
  • the ethical and legal issues surrounding conservation, interpretation and presentation of cultural heritage.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • the diversity of cultural heritage;
  • its role in shaping, constructing and representing local, regional and national identities;
  • how its interpretation may represent and misrepresent history;
  • how study of traditional crafts and lifeways may contribute to historical understanding;
  • the ethical and legal issues surrounding conservation, interpretation and presentation of cultural heritage;
  • how some of the above issues may be presented to specified types of audience.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

Our lectures/seminars are highly participative and taught by leaders in their field.

  • Heritage, history and identity: Introduction to the module
  • Imperial museums: European archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean and near east
  • Heritage & nationalism: classical antiquity & the modern Greek nation state
  • Makapansgat & the palaeoanthropological heritage of South Africa
  • Tradition, identity and diaspora
  • Food and identity
  • Natural, cultural and fictional landscapes
  • Experimental archaeology and re-enactment
  • Religious heritage: Byzantine rock-cut churches of Cappadocia; Peak District stone crosses
  • Regulating the past – heritage and the law
  • Modes of representation and post-colonial discourse - tourism and the highland Gael.
  • Kilt: the myth of the invention of tradition

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED

Working with ideas - ability to think creatively and critically about the questions posed and solutions thereto considered in the course of the module
Researching - ability to evaluate critically and to use productively published sources of information.
Working with different data-sets - ability to use the differences between data-sets to generate significant insights
Data collection and analysis - ability to recognise the strengths/limitations of different methods/techniques of data capture and analysis and to evaluate critically the flaws and biases in diverse data sets and to assess their relevance to particular questions.
Team working - ability to contribute effectively to group discussion
Communication Skills - communicating complex ideas and data sets with clarity both orally and in writing


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 14
Seminars 2
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 133

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Essay 25% 800 words
Presentation 10% 5 minutes
Essay 65% 2000 words