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Approaches to Conservation - ARC00014M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gill Chitty
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • to introduce the key principles and approaches in conservation of the built heritage and the ethics and philosophies which underlie them
  • to provide an understanding of how these approaches and principles have developed and are applied in practice
  • to develop research, analytical and presentation skills

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should

  • have a critical understanding of how and why the concept of cultural heritage and its conservation has evolved and is applied in contemporary practice
  • have a thorough knowledge of the historical background to heritage conservation practices, the range of philosophical approaches and their relevance
  • be able to critically evaluate the conservation plan approach and apply the processes of determining values and significance for built cultural heritage in context

Academic and graduate skills

  • have developed transferrable skills in small group work and visual / verbal presentation


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3500 words
N/A 100

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