Award: 10 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: September (Semester 1)

ZOOL40360 World Heritage Convention


This module isdesigned to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics.

This module is directed at professionals interested in advancing their career in the field of heritage conservation in the context of the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

What will I study?

This module will cover the origin and development of the World Heritage Convention using case studies of selected World Heritage Properties.

It will deal with how the World Heritage Convention operates, from the nomination process and the associated Global Strategy for a representative, balanced and credible World Heritage List, to the monitoring and periodic reporting of World Heritage properties, and the role of the List of World Heritage in Danger.

How will I study?

The cultural heritage conservation module will include:
  • a series of written ‘Sessions’ that are structured to help guide students in their study of specific topics with recommended readings and exercises.
  • reflective study journal
  • interactive discussion boards

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. The module is worth ten credits, whereby one credit corresponds to approximately 25 hours of total student effort. As a guideline the workload for this module (250 hours) is broken down as follows:
  • Interactive learning online: 30 hours
  • Independent study: 140 hours
  • Assessment: 80 hours

How will I be assessed?

  • Study journal (20%): a tool for continuous reflective learning
  • Essay (40%): mid-term assignment
  • Project work (40%): end of module assignment

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the World Heritage Convention and its governance.
  2. Understand and communicate processes relating to the nomination of World Heritage Properties.
  3. Identify the necessary elements of Outstanding Universal Value.
  4. Discuss the role of the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre in assessing and monitoring WH Properties.
  5. Critically compare international instruments for heritage protection and conservation.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Otherwise, there are no pre-requisites for taking this module.