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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module ARCH3601: Interpreting Heritage

Department: Archaeology

ARCH3601: Interpreting Heritage

Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • 40 credits of Archaeology modules at Level 1.


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • to enhance students' knowledge of the archaeology, architecture and cultural heritage of another country.
  • to enable students to understand ways of presenting digitally sites of an international significance, including major UNESCO world sites, such as the city of Rome.
  • to develop critical skills in analysing the presentation of heritage.
  • to reflect upon issues and themes in cultural heritage and archaeology.
  • To understand the difficulties and issues in presenting a city with a long history of occupation.


  • Lectures to provide the context for the wider perspective on cultural heritage.
  • Analysis of digital material created for the city of Rome.
  • Understand and develop skills to present a UNESCO world heritage site to the public.
  • Seminars to evaluate currently available digital material.
  • Developing the capability to write a project to enhance the virtual presentation of a monument.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • methods of presentation and interpretation of heritage virtually
  • methods for evaluation of the presentation of heritage
  • understanding of cultural, ethical and legal contexts for the presentation of heritage
Subject-specific Skills:
  • ability to collect appropriate evidence of heritage presentation
  • an ability to evaluate the presentation of heritage in another country
  • ability to produce a suitably illustrated report and reflection on heritage presentation
Key Skills:
  • cross-cultural awareness
  • ability to observe and critically evaluate
  • ability to use and combine a variety of information sources.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module will be taught by an introductory briefing session which will introduce students to the practical and academic aspects of the course. Lectures will provide information and case studies on the context, ethics and legal issues surrounding the virtual presentation of cultural heritage and its interpretation as well as methodologies and basic knowledge on presenting sites to the general public.
  • The module is assessed through an evaluative report based on the student's observations during the trip which will also draw upon taught sessions on evaluation of heritage.
  • The teaching in this module will be linked to the research of at least one member of staff leading the module, and students will investigate for themselves aspects of the presentation of heritage in that country.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 15 1 or 2 per week 1 hour 15
Seminar 3 Term 1 1 hour 3
Tutorial 1 Term 1 1 hour 1
Preparation and Reading 181
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Portfolio with project for improvement of heritage presentation 3000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Essay (ideas to improve touristic experience) - 1500 words.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University