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Postgraduate Course: World Heritage (ARCH11198)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore the framework and methodology in World Heritage designation and management; the World Heritage Convention; concepts of authenticity and integrity.
Course description The World Heritage Convention
Statement of Significance
Diversity in World Heritage Sites
Invited lectures
Project-specific lectures and seminars

1. To consider the place of the historic built environment within the diversity of cultural heritage around the world
2. To analyse the value-systems that determine the cultural significance of a site
3. To place heritage protection within the wider cultural and political context

Mode of delivery:
This course combines lectures and project seminars with supporting site-visits.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  17
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual or group project on a specific case-study.

Learning outcomes are equally weighted.
Feedback Formative oral feedback is given throughout the course during project seminars.

After submission of coursework, written feedback and grades are given corresponding to each learning outcome.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the rationale of the category of WHS and demonstrate detailed knowledge of the literature informing the topic.
  2. Develop skills for the analysis of a (potential) WHS considering its historical development, current state of conservation, social and management context, and - where relevant - the complex interaction of nature and culture in WHS and its implications for conservation.
  3. Display appropriate organisational, verbal and presentational skills specific to World Heritage.
Reading List
Bell, D. The Historic Scotland Guide to International Conservation Charters. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland, 1997.
Fielden, B. & J. Jokilehto. Management Guidelines for World Cultural Heritage Sites. Rome: ICCROM, 1998.
Stovel, Herb. Risk Preparedness: A Management Manual for World Cultural Heritage. Rome: ICCROM, 1998.
de la Torre, Marta (ed.). Assessing the Values of Cultural Heritage. The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2002.
UNESCO. World Heritage: Archaeological Sites and Urban Centres. Paris: World Heritage Centre, 2002
UNESCO. Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage. 1972, revised 2001
UNESCO. Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Paris: World Heritage Centre, 2005
World Heritage Committee. Budapest Declaration on World Heritage. 2002
World Heritage Series n7 - Cultural Landscapes: the Challenges of Conservation
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Organisational and presentation skills.
Special Arrangements The course has several site-visits and the project may involve fieldtrips.
KeywordsWorld Heritage Architectural Conservation
Course organiserDr Ruxandra-Iulia Stoica
Tel: (0131 6)51 5746
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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