Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title Heritage Perspectives and Policies
Code ARCH735
Coordinator Dr A Alsalloum
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


This module aims to:

1. Introduce the students to the core principles, perceptions and philosophy relating to understanding heritage in its wider spectrum, covering its local, national and global contexts.
2. Provide the students with knowledge to understand the meanings and definitions of all types of heritage, including but not limited to, listed buildings and designated areas such as conservation areas, archaeological sites, natural heritage, mixed, and intangible heritage.
3. Provide students with the knowledge of unusual heritage sites, including battlefields, natural caves, geoglyphs, earthworks, and industrial features.
4. Provide students with skills to address the challenges faced by managing heritage assets, including tangible and intangible, in times of disasters, natural or manmade.
5. Provide students with skills to critically debate the notion of the diversity of meanings and values attributed to heritage properties. These in clude but not limited to authenticity, integrity and outstanding universal values, in particular in the context of sustainable development.
6. Promote the students’ understanding of the variety of heritage stakeholders, their roles and influence in understanding and managing heritage assets including contracting and finance.
7. Provide students with the knowledge and skills to be able to investigate international legislation (e.g. charters and conventions), as well as exploring national policy and practice documents that frame cultural heritage management and conservation activities and practices.
8. Provide students with skills to address the challenges relating to the application of national and international policies, including the convergence and divergence in theories and practices, as well as understanding of building materials and safeguarding techniques.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Develop a critical understanding of the different perspectives of historic and heritage properties and assets across the UK, Europe and internationally.

(LO2) Investigate and assess the significance of sites, structures, buildings and areas through both visual and archival reserach, and understand the notion of the values attributed to a variety of heritage assets including but not limited to archaeological sites, listed buildings and fabric (including local and national listings), conservation areas and other designated and living sites and intangible elements such as oral traditions.

(LO3) Develop understanding on appropriate methods for the sustainable conservation repair and maintenance of historic assets including repair techniques and the availability of materials.

(LO4) Critically investigate the associations between theory and practice within local, national and international heritage policy documents.

(LO5) Demonstrate awareness of a variety of techniques and methods related to research, analyse and record different types of heritage properties, including buildings and other historic fabric and structures, archaeological remains and oral history, in consideration of heritage legislations to achieve sustainable heritage management and conservation.

(LO6) Confirm a critical understanding of heritage as sustainable assets; besides being able to interact and negotiate effectively with different types of heritage stakeholders.

(LO7) Critically investigate the challenges of managing, securing and conserving heritage sites/ assets in cases of natural disasters or conflicts.

(LO8) Demonstrate knowledge of decision-making process around investments towards sustainable heritage management; besides being familiar with funding and grants contexts criteria and process, such as the available grants that assist building conservation and area regeneration.

(LO9) Demonstrate knowledge of decision-making process on the special importance and the suitability for designation, listing, scheduling or other means of protection of a variety of heritage assets locally and internationally.

(S1) Data collection, research and analysis skills.

(S2) Demonstrate international perspectives as professional and citizens; by being able to locate, discuss, analyse, and evaluate information from international sources; besides considering issues from a variety of cultural perspectives.

(S3) Understanding ethical and social responsibility issues in local, national and international settings; value diversity of language and culture.

(S4) Problem solving/ questioning and critical thinking.

(S5) Written literacy/ ability to produce clear, well-structured and well-written work.

(S6) Communication and presentation skills, including visual and oral literacies.

(S7) Time management.



Module topics will typically include:
• Introduction to heritage perspectives;
• Architectural heritage across the UK;
• Cultural, natural and mixed heritage;
• Heritage values in sustainable development;
• Heritage stakeholders;
• Heritage safeguarding and conservation philosophies and principles;
• Heritage policies UK, EU and international;
• Heritage policies and practice in sustainable development;
• Funding and finance availability and procedure for heritage safeguarding and management ;
• Safeguarding and managing heritage assets in times of disasters, natural and manmade.

Module activities will typically include:
• Debates on heritage stakeholders and values;
• Debates on heritage policies and values in the UK and Internationally;
• Funding application and procedures;
• Discussion on potential case studies / course work topics;
• Formative feedback on coursework and presentation;
• Visit to selected case studies in the UK and/or abroad.

The module syllabus commences with an introduction to heritage definitions and types. Students will be requested to investigate topics related to heritage values and stakeholders (people with heritage interest). Students’ knowledge will be enhanced in relation to heritage policies through lectures and workshops by both academics and invited practitioners. An introduction into the several ways of safeguarding and managing different heritage properties will be introduced simultaneously with ARCH736, and paving the way to ARCH738. Students will be able to debate their findings and ideas in workshops, besides discussing potential case studies and appropriate methodologies to shape their coursework, as well as getting formative feedback in Q&A sessions and worksho ps.

All lectures will be captured. Handouts will be delivered at the beginning of selected workshops for guidance. All materials including reading lists (essential and recommended) and lectures will be available online on Canvas.

In this Syllabus, students will have the opportunity to build their own research activity as they will be taught and guided by staff who reserach in the heritage field. Students will have the opportunity to involve in several active learning activities and discuss their work and ideas with heritage experts, including historians, conservation officers and others. The formative and summative assessments will materialise an authentic assessment through the semester. As such, students will gain confidence throughout their conversations with different heritage experts and via presenting their own work in the final week. Digital fluency and global citizenship attributes will also be gained through different well-planned activities. For example, an online discussion board will be designed on Canvas to encourage students to raise questions and issues to discuss in this module, in addition to including a list of regularly updated FAQs.

Therefore, the six hallmarks and attributes of the UoL Curriculum 2021 will be met, while student employability will be enhanced by acquiring key criteria of the eight Areas of Competences recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1: Lecture
Description: Most weekly sessions through the semester will be structured as combined lecture and workshop sessions. The first hour will usually include a lecture introducing key topics in the module. The lecture will also introduce the themes for readings and discussions in the following week; this is followed by one-hour workshop or Q&A session.
Attendance recorded: Yes
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: Students will be directed to reading lists and additional sources and information on Canvas and other digital online material. This will be supplemented by a Library workshop in the first weeks.

Teaching method 2: Workshop
Description: Most weekly sessions through the semester will be structured as combined lecture and workshop sessions. Moreover, the two hours session of selected weeks will be formatted as workshops, in which the students will have the opportunity to discuss their coursework and pr esentation, including topics, methods, locations and other related issues. One of these workshops might include a visit to a selected heritage site inside or outside the UK (depending on circumstances). In addition, professional experts will be invited to discuss real-world related cases/issues with the students in some of these workshops.
Attendance recorded: Yes
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: Students will be encouraged to choose and develop their own case studies for the coursework and presentation.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 14


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Workshop. The content and material of the lectures will be discussed and the students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their own experience. Feedback on topics, methods and presentation of         
Essay/ case study. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    70       
Poster, video or PowerPoint presentation or other equivalent software. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not anonymous assessment. Note: st    30       

Recommended Texts

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