Cultural Heritage: Critical Perspectives
Cultural Heritage: Critical Perspectives 2022-23
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
This course covers the following themes and issues:
the development of heritage studies and critical heritage theory; the definition and ownership of cultural heritage; authenticity – concept and approaches; post-colonial perspectives; heritage and identity; heritage at risk, intangible heritage; dissonant and contested heritage; public heritage and the use of heritage to address social inequalities.
-good -Good students (B- to B+) will demonstrate a solid level of achievement and depth of knowledge in all the criteria in the C- to C+ range, and will in addition exhibit constructive engagement with different types of historical writing and historiographical interpretation. Ideas will be communicated effectively and written work will include a good range of sources/reading and demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues and of the existing interpretations expressed in a well-structured, relevant, and focused argument. Students at the top end of this band will engage with and critique the ideas that they come across, and synthesise the various interpretations they find to reach their own considered conclusions. Written work will be correctly presented with references and bibliography where appropriate. -excellent -Excellent students (A- and above) will show strong achievement across all the criteria combined with particularly impressive depths of knowledge and/or subtlety of analysis. In written work, they will support their arguments with a wealth of relevant detail/examples. They will also demonstrate an acute awareness of the relevant historiography and give an account of why the conclusions reached are important within a particular historical debate. They may show a particularly subtle approach to possible objections, nuancing their argument in the light of counter-examples, or producing an interesting synthesis of various contrasting positions. Overall, the standards of content, argument, and analysis expected will be consistently superior to top upper-second work. Standards of presentation will also be high. -another level-Students in this band (C- to C+) will demonstrate a satisfactory range of achievement or depth of knowledge of most parts of the module, and will make successful, if occasionally inconsistent, attempts to develop those skills appropriate to the study of History at undergraduate level. In the case of the written assessments, the answers will attempt to focus on the question, although might drift into narrative, and will show some evidence of solid reading and research. The argument might lose direction and might not be adequately clear at the bottom of this category. Written work will be presented reasonably well with only limited errors in grammar, punctuation, and referencing, and not to the extent that they obscure meaning.
- Be able to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different theoretical approaches to cultural heritage.
- Be able to recognize and critically analyse the diversity and breadth of cultural heritage in a global context.
- Be able to recognize and critically assess the links between cultural heritage and identity and the value of community empowerment and engagement.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of and an ability to critically analyse the concept of contested and dissonant heritage.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically appraise heritage management projects developed to boost local economies and enhance community well-being.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the development of critical heritage scholarship.