Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

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

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation  2500 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Report  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit presentation  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit report  2500 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Outline the development of local studies and community heritage.

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

3. Identify and evaluate appropriate primary sources for the study of local communities.

4. Identify and evaluate appropriate secondary sources for the study of local communities.

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

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

Brief description

This module explores developments in the field of local studies, from the earliest antiquarian endeavours to its growing professionalisation in the 21st century with the establishment of heritage centres, cross-domain co-operation, and academic specialisation. 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 supporting this field.


This module will be delivered through lectures, study visits, and guest lectures by subject specialists from professional practice. Consideration will be given 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 they can be used;
• The physical heritage – architectural, artefactual and archaeological sources;
• Intangible heritage – problems of definition and curatorship and benefits to the community;
• The professional services that exist to support the study of heritage and local studies;
• How are we redefining the nature of local and community heritage in the 21st century.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Effective oral communication will be required in seminars and visits (not assessed), and written skills in assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Reflection upon learning and information skills will be encouraged, and assignment feedback will facilitate further reflection.
Information Technology Website searches will be used identify appropriate primary and secondary sources, and assignments will be word processed.
Personal Development and Career planning Consideration of the skills developed in the module will be explored in relation to career options.
Problem solving Assignment and seminar work will require consideration of problems associated with identifying, evaluating and using appropriate primary and secondary source material.
Research skills Through identification and critical analysis of appropriate source material.
Subject Specific Skills Outreach – through consideration of the work of organisations and using local sources
Team work This will be developed in preparing for seminars and through seminar exercises.


This module is at CQFW Level 6