You will engage with diverse aspects of heritage management and research approaches that will enable you to progress in the sector.
You will study four core modules:
Critical Approaches to Heritage
This module will explore the core concepts of heritage: how they are generated, identified, valued and protected. It will seek to identify how heritage values are ascribed, and how these values have implications for the recognition and protection of heritage. This process can be unofficial and informal and well as the more widely recognised controlling hierarchical framework of national and international systems of protection through law and international charters. Students will be encouraged in this module to critically explore the variety and diversity of cultural heritage across the globe and the role of heritage in the formation of identities within communities and nations. (Read more about this module)
Assessment: 3,000-word assignment
Heritage Conservation Management
This module is designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge required to contribute effectively to the management of heritage resources and organisations. Heritage managers work with a finite resource which they must manage appropriately to ensure its long term survival. Within the module, key concepts such as stewardship, sustainability and visitor management are considered right across the heritage sector from museums to `natural’ and historic landscapes. Central to the sessions is the premise that creative conservation only comes through economic viability and accountability. The module is designed for people working in or planning to work in, museums, historic properties, tourism, planning, archaeological or conservation consultancy, and natural or cultural landscape management.
Assessment: 3,000-word assignment
The Business of Heritage
This module seeks to explore the management skills necessary to deliver successful heritage management to the sector. It includes issues relating to marketing, budgeting and costings, project management, human resource activities and visitor management services. The module also seeks to develop students’ awareness of the skills base necessary to curate museum collections, including the ability to draw together the required materials for an exhibition. The module is delivered by practitioners where possible to enable the relevant skills set from the profession to be passed onto the student cohort.
Assessment: 3,000-word heritage project business plan
Research Skills and Methods
The module considers ‘heritage’ as a contemporary lived phenomenon, one that is global in extent and yet local in its experience, essentially a ‘public’ resource that is inevitably contested and both uniting and divisive in its effects. Accordingly, students will be introduced to the techniques whereby these aspects of ‘heritage’ are studied, including approaches to its management and recording, the communities that make associations with particular heritages, and the attributes of heritage sites and landscapes.
Assessment: 3,000-word essay
In addition to your taught modules, you will conduct a piece of independent research with the support of a supervisor, culminating in a 12,000-word dissertation. You will be supported to carry out an industry-linked dissertation, which has real-world impact to the sector.
Your remaining credits can be taken from the wide range of options across departments including History and Heritage, Archaeology, Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, Department of African Studies and Anthropology in second semester.
Optional Modules may include:
- Heritage Interpretation
- Public History & Heritage: Placement
- Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
- CAHA Seminar for Social History.