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World Archaeology II: The Invention of World Heritage - ARC00069H

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Louise Cooke
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

The 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention is the most successful international charter with 192 states signature to the convention. The 1972 Convention was created in an era of internationalisation and all continents and all time periods are now represented on the list via cultural, natural or joint heritage sites. Since its inception nomination of sites to the list has taken on a political and economic dimension where state parties are involved in the creation of national and international heritage. The management of World Heritage Sites in the 21st century must now respond to a broader range of issues relating to the representativeness of the list and issues relating to climate and tourism. Each lecture of this module explores examples of different world heritage sites exploring the various themes and issues posed by the ‘invention’ of World Heritage

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To provide students with the opportunity to explore the debates and issues posed by the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention.
  • To critically examine the issues associated with the nomination and management of heritage sites at a global scale in the 21st century.
  • To use case studies to understand the ways in which the World Heritage Convention is implemented and critically reflect on the issues posed.
  • To assess the advantages and disadvantages of the World Heritage Convention within the growing body of work relating to critical heritage studies
  • To introduce communication of academic archaeological research to the interested public.

Module learning outcomes

Students will

  • Demonstrate broad and comparative knowledge of their chosen research topic appropriate to the module theme

  • Reflect on skills and experience gained over their degree for the purposes of writing an effective CV

  • Communicate a research idea for a funding application succinctly with a rationale and a clear methodology


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
10 Minute Presentation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
10 Minute Presentation
N/A 100

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