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HYM4095 - History and Heritage

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Seamus O'Hanlon


Not offered in 2007


History and Heritage introduces students to the policy and practice of heritage professionals in the twenty- first century. The unit draws on local and international examples to demonstrate the contested nature of what constitutes heritage. Students are introduced to ideas about cultural and architectural heritage, the meanings of culture, cultural significance, 'reading' historic buildings and landscapes, and how all of these are interpreted by heritage professionals. Students learn the various local, national and international statutes that protect and enhance physical and cultural heritage.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have been introduced to concepts of heritage and heritage value.
  2. Know of and understand usual criteria for heritage assessment.
  3. Have developed skills in identifying, researching and classifying heritage themes and sites.
  4. Have developed strong writing skills, including the production of heritage reports and preservation submissions.
  5. Have developed strong oral communication skills, including the ability to defend positions and recommendations.
  6. Have developed skills in the use of computers and other new media.
  7. Have developed reflective skills and understandings of the broader issues around heritage and conservation issues.

Students undertaking the unit on-line will develop skills the above skills, although objective five will be in the form of virtual oral communication skills.


Test 500 words 10%, Heritage Project or essay 4500 words 50%, Reflective essay 2000 words 20%, Class Particpation 2000 words 20%

Contact hours

2 hours per week for on-campus students


Undergraduate major in History or permission.


HYM5095, HSY4095