ARCH40900 Cultural Heritage Conservation

Academic Year 2023/2024

This core module provides a broad introduction to cultural heritage in a World Heritage context. It covers theoretical aspects of cultural heritage, its protection and management, including international charters and conventions. Topics include heritage tourism, postcolonial heritage, endangered heritage through natural disasters, conflicts and war, and the return of stolen objects. Cultural heritage is explored as a human right and tool for sustainable development with focus on World Heritage properties and international case studies.

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1) Demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural heritage as a multidisciplinary process.
2) Compare and contrast tools for cultural heritage evaluation and protection.
3) Identify the different roles and functions of key actors in cultural heritage management in national and international contexts.
4) Analyse necessary conditions for selection, protection and management of cultural World Heritage properties.
5) Apply World Heritage management plan methodology.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online content, task based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Primary degree

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Cultural Heritage Conservation (ZOOL40350)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: 5000 word essay Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Journal: Study journal Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Project report Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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 use standard feedback sheets for all modules. Your feedback is provided on this form - the form also contains feed forward details - this will help you think about how you could improve your approach in future assignments

Name Role
Professor Joanna Bruck Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Patrizia La Piscopia Lecturer / Co-Lecturer