CHM1000 Fundamentals of Cultural Heritage

Code: CHM1000
Credits: 30


This module will introduce students to general concepts of cultural heritage including discussions surrounding tangible and intangible heritage. Students will learn about heritage on an international scale looking at the work of UNESCO and specifically look at examples in the UK, China and Taiwan. This module will also look at the work of communities in creating and preserving their own heritage, by examining a range of case studies. Students will explore the political, legal and economic contexts which influence heritage institutions and practices.


The module aims to:

  • Introduce students to concepts of cultural heritage – tangible and intangible.
  • Enable students to explore cultural heritage issues from around the world.
  • Introduce students to a range of international case studies.
  • Introduce examples of key Chinese Heritage to students.
  • Introduce students to key heritage issues affecting Chinese collections.
  • Encourage students to explore heritage collections (Chinese and others) held in London and draw their own comparisons and conclusions.
  • Enable students to form and develop their own opinions on cultural heritage issues.
  • Develop students' ability to analyse, discuss and review issues in a concise and professional manner.

Learning outcomes


Have a comprehensive understanding of:

  • The difference between tangible and intangible heritage and develop in-depth understanding of how to distinguish and define tangible and intangible heritage
  • The overview of important Chinese heritage case studies from around the world
  • Different cultural views regarding cultural heritage
  • The overview of work done in different communities to create and protect their own heritage
  • Political, legal and economic contexts influencing heritage institutions and practices


  • Ability to critically analyse case studies
  • Development of oral presentation techniques.
  • Development of research techniques and ability to produce reports to a high level
  • Form individual critical analysis opinions based on teaching and individual observations

Teaching and learning

Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, guest lectures, workshops and visits.


Coursework 1 (25%), Coursework 2 (25%) & Coursework 3 (50%))
Total: 100 %