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Academic Year 2022/2023

Heritage Presentation & Interpretation (ARCH40830)

Social Sciences & Law
4 (Masters)
Module Coordinator:
Dr Claire Cave
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus
Internship Module:
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

How do we communicate heritage, both natural and cultural, to a wide and very diverse audience in the noisy, busy world of today? This module will explore the theoretical aspects of cultural and natural heritage interpretation and communication, its key concepts and principles, as well as the practical implementation of communication and dissemination strategies, including how this differs in both traditional and newer museums, and at World Heritage properties and in international case studies. The interpretation and communication of heritage in all its forms is increasingly recognised as a tool both to promote public valuing and appreciation of heritage in modern society, but also to help achieve management objectives at heritage sites and to stimulate the visitors to actively participate and identify with the cultural and natural values of the places or themes being interpreted. This module explores through a series of seminars, mostly given by visiting experts, on the practical experiences of different institutions and their staff in pioneering interpretation and communication in different contexts.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:1) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical aspects of heritage interpretation and communication.2) Compare and contrast (select and identify) different approaches/techniques/media for heritage interpretation and communication3) Identify interpretive potential of the elements of a heritage site or theme.4) Communicate the value of an inclusive and participatory interpretive and outreach activity5) Prepare an interpretative plan for implementation at a heritage site/Identify the key actors and objectives for an interpretive plan 6) Assess the interpretive strategy at a heritage site

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)


Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, museum visits, group work, case studies

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ARCH50010 - Dissemntg Archy & Heritage Res


Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Critical review of the communication of a cultural or natural heritage site (e.g. NMI/NLI) Week 4 n/a Graded No


Project: Design an interpretative plan of a cultural or natural heritage site of your choosing Week 10 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components

Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

UCD School of Archaeology uses a rubric for all modules. Your feedback is provided via the rubric on Brightspace. The feedback also contains feed forward details - this will help you think about how you could improve your approach in future assignments.

Name Role
Dr Claire Cave Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Angela McAteer Lecturer / Co-Lecturer