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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1202 Approaches to Living Histories and Heritage

20 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Dr Liz Stainforth

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces

ARTF1200 – Whose Past and Which Future? Exploring Living Histories and Heritage Today

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

What is ‘history’ and who is it for? How does something become ‘heritage’? What does it mean for history or heritage to be ‘living’, ‘public’ or ‘authentic’? This module will introduce the central debates in living histories and heritage, with an emphasis on the different ways the past has and continues to be re-imagined in the present and the future. We will explore these ideas in both the local and the global context, in relation to two themes. The first looks at how ‘heritage’ and lived experiences figure in decision-making about the future of cities. The second focuses on the significance of the ‘medieval’ as a recurring image in the emergence of heritage and historical thinking. Throughout the module you will take part in specific tasks of creative interpretation, engaging with the living histories of Leeds and the Library’s Special Collections. The module will prepare you for Level 2 and 3 modules in history, heritage and museum studies.


Students taking this module will learn how:
• To identify key debates in living histories and heritage.
• To recognise the relevance of these debates for other contemporary issues.
• To creatively apply their understanding of these debates to project work on interpretation.
• To critically reflect on, and develop their own position in relation to debates in living histories and heritage.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students will have become familiar with a range of debates and methodologies in national and global histories and heritage.
• They will have learned how the different disciplinary perspectives that inform these debates and methodologies are relevant historically and in contemporary life.
• Students will have demonstrated their ability to apply these debates and methodologies in their own work, both individually and within group projects.
• Students will have had an opportunity to critically reflect on their own research and its place in the scholarship. Through a variety of tasks, students will have actively engaged with the module's key ideas.


Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Researching, preparing, and writing assignments; preparing a group presentation; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

2000 word formative piece of work in Semester 1, Week 5: ‘What is heritage?’. To support students in developing BA level writing.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportReflective report on group project and presentation (1500 words)15.00
Essay2000 word essay60.00
Group ProjectProject to be presented in class15.00
PresentationIndividual Presentation10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/07/2021 11:03:00


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