Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Heritage and the Future Landscape ARCH5092

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course concerns the policies and principles, practices and actions through which landscape heritage is characterised and assessed; handled in conservation, planning and management contexts; and worked into the delivery of concrete social, cultural, economic and environmental gains. The course provides an opportunity for learning and reflection concerning the contribution of heritage to the landscapes of the future.


The course runs over 10 weeks. There are five seminars (lasting 1-2 hours), two problem-based learning sessions (lasting 4 hours, with breaks included) and one field trip (c.4 hours). Two study weeks without classes are included in the timetable, scheduled in the week preceding each of the problem-based learning classes to allow additional preparation time for those classes. 

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements:  Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





The summative assessment for the course will take the form of a short essay of c.2,500 words length (worth 50% of the assessment) and a project design of c.2,500 words length (worth 50% of the total assessment).

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

■ develop knowledge of the contribution which heritage can make to the landscapes of the future, and understand how that contribution might be theorised and realised;

■ learn about the current state of historic landscape theory and practice, in the UK and more widely in Europe;

■ engage with national and international policy on heritage and landscapes, and emerging and future trends in policy and its implementation;

■ explore the relationship between research and practice in this field;

■ develop skills for careers in relevant areas of research, practice or public administration.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ communicate and explain different concepts of heritage in landscape contexts. To be assessed through the Essay;

■ describe and critically evaluate established policies and practices concerning historic landscape characterisation, assessment, protection, management and planning. To be assessed through the Essay;

■ summarise and critically evaluate current and emerging trends in relevant areas of research and practice. To be assessed through the Project Design;

■ scope, define, justify and plan a heritage-landscape development project. To be assessed through the Project Design.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.