ARCH40920 Natural Heritage Conservation

Academic Year 2023/2024

This core module provides a broad introduction to natural heritage in a World Heritage context and explores biodiversity and its origins in the natural world. The module deals with how biodiversity is distributed across the globe and the role of World Heritage Convention in biodiversity conservation. Topics include natural heritage values, benefits of biodiversity, threats to natural World Heritage properties, biodiversity loss, governance and biodiversity conservation. It considers sustainable development and the issues arising from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Best practices in the nomination and protection of natural heritage properties will also be reviewed as well as the role of alternative international conventions such as Ramsar and CITES.

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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 critical understanding of the concept of biodiversity and its spatial variation across the globe.
2) Critically appraise the role of the World Heritage Convention and other international instruments in biodiversity and natural heritage conservation.
3) Determine the necessary conditions for the selection, nomination and conservation of natural World Heritage properties.
4) Identify threats to natural heritage and the impacts of biodiversity loss in national and international contexts.
5) Categorize the different intrinsic and extrinsic values of biodiversity and explain their importance.

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

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Natural Heritage Conservation (ZOOL40410)

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
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 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
Ms Irene Fogarty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer