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Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Heritage: Historical Justice and Environmental Action through Heritage Management (ARHI10056)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines how and why we need a more sustainable approach to the analysis of our historic environment. By looking at a variety of case studies, it will demonstrate how including gender, class, race, sexuality and disability in our study of the past provides a broader understanding of our built environment, whilst also considering how the impact of the climate emergency on historic sites defines significant challenges to heritage in the future. Through analysis of national and international policies, it will address how to effectively engage with these issues by way of intellectual discourse and operative processes.
Course description This course considers how the understanding and interpretation of heritage through a more sustainable approach can lead to the better management of our built environment.

By exploring heritage outside of the traditional lens, we will discuss our understanding of the Past through new perspectives in historical research, our approaches to the Present through current policies, practices and management of the historic environment, and the management of the Future in anticipating the risks of, and developing strategies for, challenges to heritage that are yet to come.

The semester begins with an examination of how and why we need a more inclusive approach to our analysis of the past that includes discussions on gender, class, race, sexuality and disability. It will look at a variety of case studies to consider how conversations that have better visibility of these aspects of society significantly broaden our understanding of the past and help us to further understand the society that we live in today.

It will consider how these aspects are addressed within current historic environment management strategies and outputs, including national and international policies, public displays and literature. Analysis of these will highlight the obstacles that can arise when real-life cases meet best practice, and will demonstrate the role that our communities, cultures and technologies play in defining what heritage is, and its significance as a key asset in shaping a more positive, healthy and prosperous society.

The final third of this course examines the impact of the climate emergency on the historic environment, and the significant future challenges that this raises. It will explore current efforts to engage with, and demonstrate the effects of, climate change through the recording, analysis and interpretation of our heritage in urban and rural landscapes. The course finishes by considering how re-focusing historic environment management from economic, to environmental prioritisation is necessary to ensure the sustainable management of our heritage in the future.

Throughout the course excursions into related fields will be necessary from time to time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should normally have passed at least 60 credits of Architectural History or History of Art/History courses at Level 8. If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (Architectural History).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment Class and Assignment

Each student will present one reading to the entire class (once a semester). The presentation will (1) summarize the content of the article or chapter, (2) introduce to the class who the author is and his/her stake and interest in the subject matter, and (3) critically assess the argument and methods used in the text, ideally providing questions to serve as jumping-off points for the discussion with the entire class that will follow the presentation. The student will submit the written text through Turnitin, and the instructor will provide written feedback to each student within one week of each presentation with comments and suggestions for improvement.

Summative Assessment

The assessment is based on two assignments:
Assessment 1: (40% of the student's term grade)

Creation of a journal with evaluation of each week's readings, to be submitted to the instructor through Turnitin by one hour before the class meets to discuss the assigned readings. Each week students should produce a critical assessment (not simply a summary) of one or more of the week's readings, totalling around 350 words for each week's entry. The journal is not intended to be a formal piece of academic writing, but a diary-type record of their thoughts spawned by engagement with the texts. Students should submit the completed journal of around 4000 words during the Examination period. The purpose of the journal is both to hone students critical examination of texts as they are reading and to add questions and ideas for discussion during the seminar sessions. It will provide students with a set of notes on each week's readings and issues to refer to in preparation for the final exam.

Assessment 2: (60% of the student's term grade)

A two-hour exam, wherein students are asked to answer three questions relating to the course content. Students will choose to answer two questions that deal with more targeted topics from the course material in a short-answer or miniature-essay format from a pool of five. The third question will be a broader, longer essay question (with no choices) asking students to synthesize the material from across several sessions in order to demonstrate their broad command of the common issues addressed over the course of the term.
Feedback Feedback will be given in written format on LEARN as part of the formative assessment, within one week of presentations.

Feedback will also be given verbally in class through discussion and in-class activities during tutorials.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of other conversations within the historic environment outside of traditional narratives
  2. Evaluate current approaches to the interpretation of our historic environment
  3. Define current and future issues and challenges facing our historic environment
  4. Critically appraise published policy documents relating to the sustainable management of the historic environment
  5. Communicate measured and justifiable responses to live heritage cases
Reading List
Grahn, W. and Wilson, R., Gender and Heritage: Performance, Place and Politics, 2018
Kehoe K, and Dalgleish, C: History, heritage, and Sustainable Development-: A position statement on the Scottish Highlands, 2018.
Mullan, S. and Newman, S. Slavery, Abolition and the University of Glasgow. Report and Recommendations of the University of Glasgow History of Slavery Steering Committee, 2018.
RCMG and the National Trust, Prejudice and Pride: LGBTQ Heritage and its contemporary implications, 2018.
UNESCO, Moving forward: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Through new approaches to historic analysis and heritage management this course will enhance both (1.) Knowledge and Understanding and (2.) Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding in the interpretation and managment of the historic environment.
The opportunity to explore and assess current policies on heritage management and the use of case studies to explore current approaches to historic analysis of heritage sites will provide opportunitiy to engage with (3. )Generic Cognitive Skills.
The in-class activities and assessment methods will provide opportunities to practice (4.) Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills, and will give opportunity for (5.) Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others.
KeywordsHeritage,Architecture,Urbanism,Gender,Race,Community,Environment,Climate Change,Archaeology
Course organiserDr Kirsten Carter McKee
Course secretaryMiss Fanny To
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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