ARCH40910 World Heritage Convention

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will cover the origin and development of the World Heritage Convention using case studies of selected World Heritage properties. It will deal with how the World Heritage Convention operates, from the nomination process and the associated Global Strategy for a Representative, Balanced and Credible World Heritage List, to the monitoring and periodic reporting of World Heritage properties and the role of the List of World Heritage in Danger. Students will also explore how the World Heritage Convention is linked and relevant to other international conventions, legislation and institutions, which support environmental and cultural heritage conservation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1) Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the World Heritage Convention and its governance.
2) Understand key concepts and communicate processes relating to the nomination of World Heritage properties.
3) Identify the necessary elements of Outstanding Universal Value.
4) Discuss the role of the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre in assessing and monitoring World Heritage properties.
5) Critically compare international instruments for heritage protection and conservation.

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
World Heritage Convention (ZOOL40360)

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: End of module project Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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