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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
No such Code for pgprog: MA IN INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE MANAGEMENT

Department: Archaeology

ARCH41760: MANAGING CULTURAL HERITAGE IN CONTEXT

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 60 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to MA IN INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE MANAGEMENT

Prerequisites

  • None

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

  • To develop knowledge and critical awareness of cultural heritage sites and organisations by interrogating a range of local, national and international case studies with an especial focus on management issues, delivered, where appropriate, as webinars
  • To provide a framework for the understanding and analysis of issues involved in the management and development of cultural heritage sites and organisations, including scenario planning, based on in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific examples so you are enabled to develop the ability to analyze a specific cultural heritage organisation in terms of its professional operation and communicate the results of this analysis effectively
  • To enable you to develop a critical understanding of how cultural heritage organisations serve their audiences and how they engage with complex political, economic and social cultural factors
  • To enable you to develop critical awareness of the interrelationship of cultural heritage theory and practice through case studies
  • To enable you to identify drivers for the development, change and contestation of cultural heritage from local, regional, national and international perspectives in different political, social, economic and ecological contexts
  • To introduce you to fundamental management principles and practices and enable you to identify key management issues for cultural sites and organisations, including financial issues
  • To provide you with the opportunity to develop your professional skills and/or awareness through undertaking, as appropriate, EITHER a Placement to contribute to a project within a cultural heritage organisation and evaluate that project effectively undertake Professional Research Practice Portfolio in which you will identify a key issue in contemporary cultural heritage professional practice and analyze that issue effectively

Content

  • This unit explores the concept of cultural heritage organisations as organisations which must run effectively with clear objectives and procedures whilst meeting the needs of their audiences and responding to broader policy frameworks. To this end, case studies will be presented by practitioners working in the sector
  • The three day management workshops will introduce you to foundational aspects of management principles and practices
  • Placement or Professional Practice Research Project gives you the opportunity to undertake a defined problem-orientated project/issue in 'real-life scenarios'. These enable you to put your learning into practice and to reflect on and integrate your experience in the workplace in your course work. The Reflective Practice Log will be a key tool in enabling you to reflect on and integrate your experience in the workplace in your course work by using professional reflective practice

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • advanced knowledge of a range of international cultural heritage sites, institutions and professional bodies and their political, social, economic and ecological contexts
  • advanced knowledge of critiques of cultural heritage models as contested arenas, including the contribution of cultural heritage sites and agencies to framing identities, building (or separating) communities, addressing cultural conflicts and engaging with social change and development issues
  • advanced knowledge of national and international legal, ethical and policy frameworks for tangible and intangible international cultural heritage
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, you will have had the opportunity to develop the following specialist skills to an advanced level:
  • an advanced ability to apply subject-related knowledge and advanced theoretical models to local, regional, national and international case study exemplar/s
  • an advanced ability to identify and propose suitable problem-solving and planning strategies in the management of cultural heritage and present this information, together with advanced analytical conclusions, to others using appropriate presentation techniques
  • advanced ability to synthesise, evaluate and present complex material, including original data and theoretical arguments relevant to cultural heritage
Key Skills:
  • You will have had the opportunity to gain and develop your key skills as follows:
  • demonstrate intellectual and professional autonomy by learning and practising independently and taking responsibility for aspects of learning and professional activities in both academic and professional contexts
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically about new and/or unfamiliar ideas by communicating such reflection in written and oral contexts, forming coherent arguments and presenting them to a group (in the course of classes) or on a one-to-one basis (in tutorials)
  • demonstrate communication skills by developing the ability to express themselves clearly, concisely and appropriately in writing and with relevant illustrations using distinct formats (essays, reports, posters, case studies); identifying and analysing complex issues effectively in seminar presentations; contributing appropriately and effectively to case study seminars and group discussions supporting verbal arguments with reference to a range of case studies and theoretical models
  • develop information technology skills by demonstrating the ability to support your assignments and oral presentations appropriately (e.g. word processing, databases, presentation software, graphing, image processing, web-based resources)
  • work as a reflective practitioner by reflecting on, and recording in an appropriate format, their research, learning and professional practices and using these reflections as the basis for tutorial discussions, assignments and for the development of the concluding Professional Practice Project or Dissertation
  • demonstrate professional conduct by demonstrating the ability to observe professional and academic standards, including appropriate use of relevant ethical codes of practice

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module uses a combination of lectures, workshops, case study presentations and student-led seminars together with fieldtrips to enable you to develop a sound conceptual and ampirical base for further study and practice. These include the management workshops as well as workshops exploring heritage practice in specific regions. The student-led seminars will include the poster presentations, the scenario analysis work-in-progress seminar and the placement / professaional practice seminar.
  • Some material may be presented online so it is available asynchronously.
  • The Placement / Professional Practice Research provides you with the opportunity to undertake a defined problem-orientated project which requires you to engage with the professional environment. These projects thus bring the reality of professional life into the MA while issues which you identify may act as a springboard for further research including the Professional Practice Project or Dissertation. There will be opportunities for group discussion and exploration of selected topics in greater depth to enable you to develop your analytical, discursive and interpersonal skills.
  • Individual tutorials will give you the opportunity to discuss ideas and issues with the module convenor, review your progress and map out future activities.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures/webinars (inc visiting lecturers & discussions) 7 3 in Term 1, 4 in Term 2 2 hours 14
Workshops, seminars & tutorials (group & individual) 16 6 Workshops: Term 1 = 5 (4 all day; 1 @ 2 hours) 6 Seminars: Term 1 = 2 @ 2hrs; Term 2 = 2 @ 2hrs 1 = 1 hr; Term 3 = 1 all day 4 Tutorials (Individual Term 1, 2 & 3 =1 x 0.5 hours; Group Term 2 = 1 hr) (W) 4 x 7 hours; 1 x 2 hours (S)4 x 2 hours; 1 x 1 hour, 1 x 7 hours (T) 1 x 1 hour; 3 x 0.5 hours 48.5
Fieldtrips 6 Term 1 = 2 half days; 1 full day; Term 2 = 2 full days; Term 3 = 1 full day 4 x 7 hours; 2 x 3.5 hours 35
Placement/Professional Practice Research Project From late Term 1; local placements take place on a day week basis; others may be in blocks in the vacations. 30 Days @ 7 hours 210
Preparation and Reading 292.5
Total 600

Summative Assessment

Component: ASSIGNMENT Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
OPEN QUIZ & MANAGEMENT PLAN 1660 WORDS 10% SAME
ESSAY 2500 WORDS 20% SAME
SCENARIO ANALYSIS 5000 WORDS 35% SAME
PLACEMENT/PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PROJECT PORTFOLIO REPORT 30-40 A4 PAGES 35% SAME

Formative Assessment:

Term 1 Student-led Seminar: Poster Debate Students will benefit from debate with their peers and formative feedback from the Module Convenor. Reflective Practice Log This log will be used as the basis for tutorial discussions and informal feedback. It is used in particular with the Placement/Professional Research Practice. Term 2 Student-led seminar Scenario Analysis Work-in-Progress The development of the Scenario Analysis Report will be informed by the work-in-progress student-led seminar where each student will present the first phase of their study. Students will benefit from debate with their peers and formative feedback from the Module Convenor. Reflective Practice Log This log will be used as the basis for tutorial discussions and informal feedback. It is used in particular with the Placement/Professional Research Practice. Term 3 Placement/Professional Research Practice Work-in-Progress Seminar Students will benefit from debate with their peers and placement hosts when they are able to attend and formative feedback from the Module Convenor Placement Observation of competence. Competency will be assessed on the basis of satisfactory/non-satisfactory through written feedback from the Attachment host. A visit may be made to the host institutions whilst the Placement is underway. Feedback will be given during individual tutorials. Reflective Practice Log This log will be used as the basis for tutorial discussions and informal feedback. It is used in particular with the Placement/Professional Research Practice.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University