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HERI6002 Global Cultural Heritage

Module Overview

This module takes a global perspective and deals with the many varieties of cultural heritage from the tangible built environment to intangible heritage represented by a society’s traditional knowledge and customs. It will explore the reasons we do, or should, value cultural heritage; from the recognition in the ‘Universal Declaration’ that participation in the cultural life of a community is a Human Right, to the economic benefits that cultural heritage tourism increasingly brings in a globalized world. It will explore the theoretical frameworks used to study cultural heritage and the ethical and legal frameworks used to protect it. It will look at how cultural heritage is presented, and the role this plays in shaping national, community and individual identities.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the nature and value of cultural heritage in various global contexts;
  • key issues and debates within cultural heritage studies;
  • cultural heritage and the construction of identity;
  • theoretical and ethical frameworks within cultural heritage studies;
  • global frameworks for the protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critique and present your own evaluation of key issues relating to cultural heritage;
  • assimilate and synthesize theories and approaches relating to cultural heritage;
  • apply appropriate theoretical frameworks and practical approaches to relevant debates.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate evidence on paper or in the field;
  • apply and develop key skills in critical thinking and analysis, information-handling, written communication, and individual verbal presentation.


What is cultural heritage and why value it?; global and local frameworks for the protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage; cultural heritage and identity; cultural heritage and ethics; cultural heritage, economics and globalization; case studies in tangible and intangible cultural heritage; interpretation and presentation of cultural heritage.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Seminars Film showings Visit to heritage sites

Wider reading or practice44
Completion of assessment task30
External visits16
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Follow-up work6
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Logan, W., Craith, M.N. and Kockel, U. eds., ( 2015). A companion to heritage studies (Vol. 28). 

Ireland, T. and Schofield, J. (2015). The ethics of cultural heritage.. 

Howard, P. (2003).  Heritage: management, interpretation, identity. 


Assessment Strategy

Formative This module has been designed around providing substantial amounts of formative feedback within the classroom environment through the provision of student-led seminars and formative presentations. This will allow students from a diverse range of backgrounds to explore their personal and/or regional interests in cultural heritage, and to receive formative feedback and peer review in advance of the summative assessed seminar. Summative There are two assessed essays which will be staggered within the module to allow feedback from the first to inform and aid the student in the writing of the second. There is an assessed seminar presentation which will be timed to benefit from the formative feedback made during seminars.


Seminar presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2200 words) 40%
Essay  (2200 words) 40%
Seminar presentation  (15 minutes) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2700 words) 50%
Essay  (2700 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2700 words) 50%
Essay  (2700 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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