This module is designed to develop the more practical aspects of building history, its research and application outside the walls of academia in all its forms. It will provide expertise in understanding, locating, and identifying the wide range of types, representations and methods of built history and heritage in the public sphere, from museums and material culture, to the media, literature, in policy making and debate, so that students may undertake critical assessments of such projects and interventions—and advance the associated skills in associated research and writing. In addition, it develops an understanding of the methods, theories, and approaches used in the dissemination of built history, heritage and archaeology to diverse audiences in order to allow various interpretations, and methodologies to be employed.
Module learning outcomes
By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of a range of debates, critical approaches, and methodologies for the close reading of historic buildings
Identify and explain the relationships between people and the spaces they inhabit as well as the impact of the wider landscape/context on the design of buildings and how they are presented
Identify and independently locate a range of evidence types and their key arguments, and be able to evaluate them
Formulate critical skills and practices in thinking and writing critically about building history for diverse audiences
Demonstrate a range of knowledge concerning how the past is represented, constructed, debated and contested in the public and media sphere
Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between theory and practice and buildings in Public History, Heritage and Archaeology
Demonstrate particular examples of built practice in the sphere of public history
Evaluate public history practice using wider theoretical frameworks alongside individual case-studies.
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Special assessment rules
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The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.
The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.