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.

Sustainable Heritage Management DUMF5008

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

Short Description

This course looks at cultural and natural heritage management from varying points of view, for example: heritage management practices and theoretical aspects; conservation and sustainability issues; the history of cultural and natural heritage tourism; adventure, wildlife and ecotourism; roles and functions of heritage organizations in society, such as identity creation and the politics of representation; authenticity and issues around ownership and stewardship; international heritage management practices. Case studies from around the world will be considered, with a particular emphasis on Scotland, Kenya and the Arctic regions. Fieldtrips, and occasional talks by people working in the heritage sector, will provide students with direct exposure to heritage management in context.


Two hours per week

Requirements of Entry

Entry to an MSc Tourism programme. The course is also open to non-graduating students, who can be admitted at the discretion of the convenor.


Poster presentation 20%

Research Essay (approx. 4000 words) 80%

Course Aims

The specific aims of this course are:


• to provide students with an advanced knowledge of historical and contemporary sustainable heritage management theories and practices

• to examine and critically evaluate a wide range of case studies of sustainable cultural and natural heritage management practices from an international perspective

• to explore the sociocultural, political and ethical issues and challenges that underpin sustainable heritage management theories and practices

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

• understand the diversity of sustainable cultural and natural heritage management theories and practices

• critically discuss the history and evolution of heritage management practices from an international perspective
• comprehend the philosophical and ethical issues underpinning sustainable cultural and natural heritage conservation and its importance in the shaping of local and national identities

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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


Students must attend at least 75% of all classes.