ARCH41240 Heritage Management Challenges

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will introduce key challenges faced by cultural and natural heritage. We will critically evaluate the impacts of issues such as: Development and resource use, boundaries and buffer zones, governance and ownership, climate change, tourism and exploitation, conflict and looting. We will also consider constraints around capacity, finances and human resources as limiting factors to successful management of heritage sites. We will outline the methods and structure of heritage risk assessment considering a range of cultural and natural cumulative and catastrophic threats to cultural and natural heritage sites.
To balance these threats, we will finish by exploring a success stories that illustrate how these threats can be successfully overcome.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Define endangered heritage
2. Apply a risk assessment protocol considering cumulative and catastrophic threats to heritage
3. Understand the structure and components of Environmental Impact Assessment
4. Discuss the impacts and possible solutions to anthropogenic and natural threats to heritage sites
5. Reflect on how different stakeholders have different perspectives of how heritage sites are managed.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction and Definitions, Risk assessment and management, Impact assessment, Boundaries and buffer zones, Ownership and governance, Climate Change, Tourism and Exploitation, Politics, Conflict, Looting, Management challenges, Where does it work and why

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, discussions, group work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Group Project: Prepare a risk assessment of threats at a heritage site
Word limit: 5000 words excl. references
Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Role Play assessment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: You will be allocated a particular threat. Using case studies examine the impacts of this threat on cultural and natural heritage sites and evaluate the management strategies used to address them. 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. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is provided in written form using rubrics. 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
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 13:00 - 14:50