The module examines the impact of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention which created the World Heritage list. 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.
Students enjoy examining the ways in which the past is used in the present to create national identity and examining the impact of conflict, overtourism, natural disasters and the climate crisis on heritage.
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The World Archaeology II Modules seek to expose the students to the diversity of World Archaeology through an in depth review of a range of topics. Students will choose to study topics that interest them.
The specific aims of this option are:
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.
By the end of the module the students should be able to:
Demonstrate a broad and comparative knowledge of World Heritage sites around the world.
Discuss and explain the principal themes created and issues posed through the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the organisations involved in its implementation and the creation and maintenance of World Heritage.
Critically appraise an international convention and understand the limitations of categorising and managing heritage at a global scale.
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
The module examines the impact of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention which created the World Heritage list. All continents and all time periods are now represented on the World Heritage list via cultural, natural or joint heritage sites. The World Heritage list has taken on extra political and economic dimensions where state parties are involved in the creation of national and international heritage. In addition to these issues of how heritage is created, the management of World Heritage Sites in the 21st century must also now respond to a broad range of issues relating to the representativeness of the list and issues relating to climate, conflict, disaster and tourism.
Each lecture of this module explores the various themes and issues posed by the ‘invention’ of World Heritage and the management of World Heritage sites in the 21st century. Thematic lectures are supported with case studies of World Heritage sites around the world to examine these issues critically.
Content warning: the lectures for this module contain images of dead bodies, human skeletal material, preserved human flesh and frequent discussion of funerary treatments for the dead.
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Formative: The marker will share written feedback with you and you will have the opportunity to ask further questions about how to improve your work before your summative assessment.
Summative: Written feedback sheets will be uploaded to your e:vision account (your personal University of York online services account) within 20 working days of the submission deadline, along with your overall mark for the module. If you have any questions about your mark and/or your written feedback, you will be able to sign up for office hours with the marker.
Donnachie, I. World heritage. In Harrison, R (eds). Understanding the Politics of the Past. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press in association with The Open University. pp 115-153.
Baird, M. UNESCO’s World Heritage List Process. n: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer International Publishing, pp 7445-7450 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1920
And familiarise yourself with UNESCO World Heritage Centre - World Heritage List http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/
Detailed reading for the module will be available via YorkShare (the University's virtual learning environment). When you have enrolled on a module, you will be able to access the full reading list.