SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MMV212056
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject History
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

Heritage as expressed through the arts has been taught from the perspective of the arts - particularly visual arts (painting, sculpture and architecture) - within elite institutions. This module will examine heritage and its relationship with a variety of arts: visual, audio, permanent and impermanent and as it exists outwith the museum or gallery. The module will focus on an examination of the idea of 'the arts' - and its relationship to heritage - as promoted by governments and other national agencies and more importantly, as an expression of identity by individuals and groups - both majority and minority. This module will be set firmly within a Scottish context with a particular focus on Glasgow.


The syllabus will cover the following six areas:1. How do we express heritage? What is Culture? The history and development of museums, galleries, theatres and other art organisations including an introduction to the means and media used to express heritage.2. Defining heritage, the arts and culture in legislation and in policy. Evaluating strategies.3. Exploring the Means and Media: Panel/Forum Discussion with Sector Representatives. Theme: e.g. dance.4. Exploring the Means and Media: Panel/Forum Discussion with Sector Representatives. Theme: e.g., music.5. Exploring the Means and Media: Panel/Forum Discussion with Sector Representatives. Theme: e.g., literature.6. From Cultural Policy to Cultural Movement.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:1. Have an understanding of the development, implementation and history of arts policies on local, national and international levels.2. Evaluate the role of museums, galleries and government agencies in developing current understandings of the key concepts of 'the arts' and 'culture'.3. Develop (i) a critical awareness of the use of a variety of media (including (but not limited to) dance, song, story-telling, creative writing) used to celebrate and express heritage (ii) evaluate how these are used to communicate heritage/identities (new and recognised).4. Appreciate alternate understandings and means of expresssing heritage; in particular, 'impermanent' forms of heritage.5. Understand the relationship between heritage and the arts in cultural movements within Scotland and their use in political lobbying.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A series of lectures, seminars and directed readings will be used to introduce core themes and outline the history of the relationship between heritage and arts. Beginning with the development of museums, galleries and arts organisations the course will focus on current understandings, expressions and celebrations of heritage and identity within 'the arts'. Invited speakers will form a key component of this course and seminars introducing students to case studies will be an important aspect of this module.

Indicative Reading

Canadian Heritage (no date) Culture and Heritage. Making Room for Canada's Voices, E.J. and R.J. Finlay (2002) The Power of the Past Edinburgh, Edinburgh University PressCultural Commission (2004) Interim Report of Culture, Media and Sport (2001) Culture and Creativity: The Next Ten Years London, DCMSDepartment of Culture, Media and Sport (2004) Government and the Value of Culture. London, DCMSDepartment of Culture, Media and Sport (2005) Understanding the Future: Museums and 21st Century Life. The Value of Museums. London, DCMSFerguson, William (1998) The Indentity of the Scottish Nation: An Historic Quest Edinburgh, Edinburgh University PressHewison, Robert and John Holden (2004) The Right to Art. Making Aspirations Reality. Demos David (1999) Scotland the Brand--the Making of Scottish Heritage, Edinburgh, PolygonMcCrone, David (2001) Understanding Scotland: The Sociology of a Nation London, RoutledgeNational Endowment for the Arts (2003) Strategic Plan FY 2003-2008Scottish Executive (2004) Cultural Policy Statement

Transferrable Skills

Students will have the following transferable skills: 1. Critical awareness of the development and ongoing relationship between heritage and 'the arts'.2. An ability to identify varied user groups and evaluate government responses and policy development.3. Summarise complex arguments.4. Make explicit links between theoretical and conceptual frameworks and sector/policy issues.5. High-level skills in oral and written communication.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Directed Reading 14.00
Independent Learning (FT) 35.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 15.00
Independent Learning (PT) 35.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 50% Piece of Creative Writing reflecting on one of the themes introduced in the module.