Heritage: Concepts, Issues and Approaches (ARCM507)
|Lecturer(s)||Dr Gill Juleff|
|Duration of Module||1 term|
|Total Student Study Time||150 hours|
This module introduces students to the systematic and critical study of heritage, and the place of heritage management in this. The content incorporates essential theoretical and methodological approaches, historical perspectives, and key themes and issues relating to forms of identity, political policy, and commodification.
Intended learning outcomes
Demonstrate detailed, comprehensive, systematic and mature knowledge of heritage, and an in depth understanding of its emergence as a field of academic enquiry, drawing from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives;
Show a coherent and systematic comprehension of underlying concepts, debates and issues in the fields of heritage and heritage management, with reference to recent and current research, scholarship and practice;
Evaluate and review critically established and complex concepts, debates, issues and approaches in the fields of heritage and heritage management, and consider alternatives;
Undertake primary research in support of case study work, showing a high level of independence and originality.
Demonstrate in depth and systematic knowledge within specialised areas and across disciplines, with a critical awareness of historical context, and current problems and new insights as informed by academic and professional practice;
Analyse with critical awareness complex, incomplete and contradictory areas of knowledge in relation to heritage theory, and the aims, values and features of heritage policy and practice;
Evaluate with a conceptual understanding current heritage research, advanced scholarship and methodologies, and policy and practice in a wide range of contexts, and where appropriate propose alternative hypotheses and approaches;
Show awareness of moral ethical issues in heritage theory, policy and practice, their historical context, and where appropriate address problems, and devise, and where needed with others, solutions;
Synthesise and apply knowledge and conclusions with originality, and with an understanding of how research and enquiry can inform knowledge in the wider academic context;
Plan and execute primary project-based research in specialist areas of heritage study, combining evidence, utilising effectively appropriate data gathering and analytical methods, and exercising independence, autonomy, systematic approach, empathy, and originality;
Communicate conclusions in a well-structured, coherent, clear and fluent manner, and with intellectual integrity and maturity, to academic, professional and non-specialist interests in the field of heritage, and with the aim of advancing understanding and practice.
Personal and key skills
Access, use and manage the full range of appropriate learning resources;
Evaluate own and other's functioning, confidently, independently and in a challenging manner, and with the aim of improving practice;
Manage information, collect source material, and competently undertake research projects with minimum guidance;
Learn independently and self-critically, contribute to the learning of others, and direct own continuing professional development requirements;
Communicate confidently in academic and professional situations, and clearly, autonomously and competently in report making;
Problem solve independently and reflexively as suitable for continuing professional study, and where appropriate through utilising professional assistance or cooperation.
Learning and teaching methods
In distance mode, this module will use the following range of methods:
Presentation of written and audio-visual learning materials on the World-Wide Web; provision of selected additional reading material by post; opportunities for individual contact with tutors by e-mail, telephone or post; opportunities for student interaction by means of a shared bulletin board, chat room, and e-mail; class-based and/or electronically delivered study skills sessions; telephone conferences; individual student assessment on topics defined by the tutor; formative feedback on assessed work; individual tutorials; and guidance concerning reading and private study.
One essay, concept based (1,750-2,000 words) (ILOs 1-3, 5-9, 11-12, 14-16), and
One essay, case study based (1,750-2,500 words) (ILOs 1-16).
One essay, concept based (1,750-2,000 words) (ILOs 1-3, 5-9, 11-12, 14-16), to count for 40% of the final mark, and
One essay, case study based (1,750-2,500 words) (ILOs 1-16), to count for 60% of the final mark.
The module will include a selection of the following:
Conceptualising heritage: process and product, the varied scope of heritage
Methodology in heritage studies: academic and professional approaches
Historical perspectives: history and heritage
Heritage and culture: contrasting identities
Heritage and politics: competing agenda
Heritage and economics: commodifying the past
Policy and law in heritage conservation
The Politics of Culture
Colonialism and post Colonialism
Case Studies: USA, Europe, Asia
Indicative basic reading list
Ashworth, G and Howard, P (1999) European heritage planning and management, Exeter: Intellect
Boyd, S and Dallen T. (2002) Heritage Tourism (Themes in Tourism) London, Prentice Hall
Boniface, P (1995) Managing Quality Cultural Tourism (Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management), London, Routledge
Brisbane , M and Wood, J (1996) A future for our past? An introduction to heritage studies, London: English Heritage
Lowenthal, D (1996) The heritage crusade and the spoils of history, London: Viking
Bennett, T. (2004) Pasts Beyond Memory: Evolution, Museums, Colonialism. London, Routledge.
Fladmark, JM (ed) Heritage: conservation, interpretation and enterprise, Edinburgh: Donhead
Graham, B, Ashworth, GJ and Tunbridge, JE (2000) A geography of heritage: power, culture and economy, London: Routledge
Handler, R. & Gable, E. (1997) The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg . Duke University Press
Harvey , DC (2001) 'Heritage pasts and heritage presents: temporality, meaning and the scope of heritage studies', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 7, 4, pp. 319-38
Hoover , A.L. Ed (2000) Nuu-Chah-Nulth Voices: Histories, objects and journeys. Victoria BC, Royal British Columbia Museum.
Hunter, M (1996) Preserving the past: the rise of heritage in modern Britain, Stroud: Alan Sutton
Pickard, R.D. ed (2000) Policy and Law in Heritage Conservation (Conservation of the European Built Heritage) London, Spon
Samuel, R (1998) Theatres of memory; vol 1: past and present in contemporary culture,
London : Verso
Smith, A (2000) The nation in history: historical debates about ethnicity and nationalism, Cambridge: Polity
Uzzell, DL (ed) (1989) Heritage interpretation, 2 vols, London: Belhaven
Whisnant, D.E. (1983) All That Is Native and Fine: the politics of culture in an American region. University of North Carolina Press.