Core Module Information
Module title: Contemporary Issues in Heritage and Cultural Tourism

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: TSM11135
Module leader: Craig Wight
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module provides you with a varied and stimulating programme of study that will enable you to understand and appreciate the extensive range of contemporary issues facing heritage and cultural organisations across the world. The module will introduce you to the range of contemporary issues that impact on the sustainability of the historic environment both in the UK and internationally. Each topic will critically examine research and emerging themes in the study of heritage and cultural tourism and associated areas with reference to current research, advanced scholarship and new trends in practice. Starting with the identification of concepts and debates in the fields of heritage and cultural management, the module moves beyond the business and marketing-driven approaches of tourism management towards a more conceptual analysis and understanding of heritage from a socio-cultural perspective. Utilising recent research conducted by the module team and invited speakers, will enhance the currency and relevance of the module content for you. The module will consider how these contemporary issues impact the conservation of cultural heritage using a wide range of examples, and you will examine the creative and sustainable approaches that are developing in the UK and internationally to address impacts and sustain heritage through the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Interpret and appraise the breadth and diversity of the range of contemporary issues facing heritage tourism across the world.
LO2: Critically analyse the nature, effects and implications of key contemporary issues in heritage and cultural tourism management.
LO3: Synthesise knowledge of the key contemporary issues, and their inter-relationship in the context of heritage and cultural tourism management.
LO4: Critically evaluate the overall influences of emerging contemporary issues upon the international heritage tourism management sector.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Anna Leask
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching approach for the module includes one 3 hour class on each topic normally comprising a combination of lecture to introduce theory, concepts and relevant examples on each topic and seminars to offer a forum for group-based discussion. Case studies form a basis for ongoing activities in addition to multi-media content, guest lectures and industry reports.

This module explores both theoretical issues and applied solutions to equip graduates for entering employment in the heritage field. The module is supported with industry case studies and guest lectures related to the module topics to enhance links between theory and practice.

The module is fully supported by the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) as a vehicle to not only house material but also act as a separate digital hub for activities, student engagement, dialogue and off-campus collaboration.

The nature of heritage and cultural tourism is that it is occurs at personal, community, national and international levels. This module draws on cases from both local, national and international sources, predominantly based on recent research conducted by the module team. Students are also encouraged to reflect on their own experience from a variety of international backgrounds.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is developed through in-depth seminar discussions feeding into assessment preparation / non-credit bearing draft review opportunities.

Summative Assessment:
There are two components of assessment for the module.

Assessment A is an essay exploring and covering Learning Outcomes 1 and 2. This focusses on an essay that displays the student’s knowledge and understanding of the identity, nature, effects and implications of one key contemporary issue facing heritage tourism organisations across the world.

Assessment B is an individual report related to Learning Outcomes 3 and 4 which offers the opportunity to critically analyse and devise practical solutions for contemporary issues encountered at heritage tourism case study site/organisation. The report will evidence your awareness and understanding of the inter-relationships between the key contemporary issues, and their impacts upon one tourism or cultural business. You will be required to select a heritage/cultural tourism organisation of your choice, then to research and write a report outlining the key contemporary issues that are having an actual and future influence upon the management of heritage tourism in this context.

A. Essay (40%) 2000 words week 7
B. Report (60%) 3000 words week 14/15

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Seminar 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1 and 2 7 , WORDS= 2000
Report 60 3 and 4 14/15 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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