Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Local Studies and Community Heritage
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Visits to National Library of Wales, Ceredigion Records Office etc


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay - 2500 words  50%
Semester Assessment Report -2500 words  c. 3,000 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Submission of resit essay 2500 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Submission of resit report 2500 words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Outline the development of local studies and community heritage

Discuss the changing nature of the field and the impact on sources and services

Identify a range of appropriate primary sources, for the study of local communities

Evaluate the wide range of sources available for the study of local communities

Identify and discuss the range of heritage organisations providing support for local studies and the services they offer

Develop the research skills required to undertake an independent local community project

Identify, and critically engage with, a range of secondary materials (articles, books, web-based resources) on local and community heritage

Brief description

This module explores developments in the field of local studies, from the earliest antiquarian endeavors to its growing professionalization in the 21st century with the growth of heritage centres, cross-domain co-operation, and academic specialization. It considers the range of sources available for local studies, extending beyond documentary heritage to consider issues in relation to the built environment and the particular issues posed by intangible heritage, as well as the services and professions which support this field.


This module is delivered through a mix of lectures, study visits, and guest lectures by subject specialists from professional practice. Consideration will be given over the course of the semester to:
The historical development of local studies and community heritage
The written documentary heritage ? what sources survive for the study of localities, where are these materials located, and how can they be used?
The professional services that exist to support the study of heritage and local studies
The physical heritage ? architectural, artefactual and archaeological sources
Intangible heritage ? problems of definition and curatorship and benefits to the community
How are we redefining the nature of local and community heritage in the 21st century

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Only tangentially
Communication Written skills through assignments Oral communication through seminar presentations ( oral communication not assessed)
Improving own Learning and Performance Reflection upon learning and information skills will be encouraged, and assignment feedback will allow further reflection.
Information Technology IT will be used by students for the development of assignments, and in the identification of appropriate primary and secondary sources.
Personal Development and Career planning Consideration of the skills developed in the module will be explored in relation to career options.
Problem solving Through critical interpretation of essay questions
Research skills Through identification and critical analysis of appropriate primary and secondary source material
Subject Specific Skills Outreach – through consideration of the work of organisations and using local sources
Team work This will be developed through seminar exercises


This module is at CQFW Level 6