International Heritage, Archaeology and Development - CL830

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This module will allow students to explore the different aspects of the complex relationships between archaeology, heritage and development. Each week, the lecture will focus on one aspect of this complex nexus. This will include analyses of the debates on whether heritage/archaeology and development are opposite or complementary; critical analyses of the key international actors and their agendas on heritage and development; issues of stakeholders' participations in heritage-led development projects; the concepts of Historic Urban Landscapes and of the limit of acceptable change; the social and economic impacts of heritage-led regeneration (both quantitative and qualitative); and critical analyses of the post-development debate in relation to archaeology and heritage. The student-focused seminars will include presentations by students of key readings, as well as critical analyses and discussions of references related to each lecture.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Indicative reading

Barthel-Bouchier, D. (2013) Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press;
Bigio, A. and G. Licciardi (2010) The Urban Regeneration of Medinas: The World Bank Experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Washington, DC: The World Bank;
Ferguson, J. (1990) The Anti-Politics Machine: "Development", Depoliticization and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press;
Labadi, S. (2013) UNESCO, Cultural Heritage and Outstanding Universal Value. Plymouth, MA: AltaMira;
Labadi, S. (2011) Evaluating the Socio-Economic Impacts of Selected Regenerated Heritage Sites in Europe. Amsterdam: European Cultural Foundation;
Rao, V. and Walton, M (eds). (2004) Culture and Public Action. Stanford, CA: Stanford Social Sciences.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of the complex relationships between archaeology, heritage and development, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in these academic field;
Students will be able to show a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship in the disciplines of Heritage Studies, Archaeology and Development Studies;
Students will be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the field of Heritage Studies, Archaeology and Development;
Students will be able to show conceptual understanding that enables them to (a) evaluate and critique current research, advanced scholarship and methodologies, and (b), where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

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