MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

SPRING SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP637 HERITAGE, PLACE AND COMMUNITY
CO-ORDINATOR:
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

The aim of this module is to introduce the theory and practice of heritage, conservation and public archaeology. The module will encourage debate on issues that affect how we define and apply the term ‘heritage’. It also offers an opportunity to focus on the historic ‘value’ of a site or landscape, with an evaluation of how it is currently managed, and strategies for its future conservation and presentation. The module is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and site visits.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • Introduce the theoretical and practical issues attendant upon managing, conserving and interpreting the historic environment.
  • Critically examine the relationship between heritage management, academic research and public perceptions of the past in archaeology.
  • Enable students to develop conservation plans and educational resources that respond to the current challenges in the management and conservation of a historic landscape.
  • Foster students’ skills in presenting complex methodological statements and programmes of conservation during seminars, oral presentations and in written reports.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • Demonstrate detailed, advanced knowledge of the theoretical and practical issues attendant upon managing and conserving the historic environment.
  • Be capable of critically examining the relationship between heritage management, academic research and public perceptions of the past in archaeology.
  • Deliver a coherent conservation plan during an oral presentation and engage in a critical discussion about the proposal with peers and examiners.
  • Present a written conservation plan, meeting the current industry standards.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

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

  • Heritage, place and community
  • Defining heritage
  • Conserving historic landscapes – World & European perspectives
  • Establishing heritage value
  • Conserving historic landscapes – UK perspectives
  • Conservation plans
  • Community heritage in action
  • Photography and a sense of place

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 3
Seminars 6
Fieldtrips/workshops 11
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 130

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Heritage resource 30% 500 words or equivalent
Conservation Plan 70% 2500 words