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Heritage Theories and Policies

Code: MHP022     Acronym: TPP

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of History, Political and International Studies
Course/CS Responsible: Master in History and Heritage

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MHP 11 MHP - Study Plan 1 - 6 60 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Inês Ferreira de Amorim Brandão da Silva

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,30
Laboratory Practice: 1,50
Tutorial Supervision: 0,70
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,30
Maria Inês Ferreira de Amorim Brandão da Silva 2,30
Laboratory Practice Totals 1 1,50
Maria Inês Ferreira de Amorim Brandão da Silva 1,50
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,70
Maria Inês Ferreira de Amorim Brandão da Silva 0,70

Teaching language



- To observe senses and contexts where one can speak of heritage: “public use of History”, and/or “traditions’ inventions”, expressions which translate the political manipulation of history and culture;
- To provide the students with the perception of the contexts of the documentary information production in time and space, as well as of the identification and validation of information sources, developing specific competences in the critical use of documentation;
- To measure memory policies, of the objects and products which emerge from the construction of human societies; of the reflexion and comprehension of memory constructions in time and space (world of work, handicraft, industry, maritime/coastal, religious, rural and urban world, etc.), by crossing and working the documentary and bibliographical information.

Learning outcomes and competences

The overall goal:
- Propose a path to identify the contextual process of recognition of heritage between "public use of history," and / or "invention of tradition", between theory and practice.
Specific goals:

- Equip students to a sensitive observation of contexts, of the “public use of History”, and/or “traditions’ inventions”, expressions which translate the political manipulation of history and culture
- To provide the students with the scientific and critical ability to evaluate the identification and validation of information sources;
- To measure memory policies of objects and products from which emerge the construction of human societies; of the reflection and comprehension of memory constructions in time and space, by crossing and working documental and bibliographical information

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

not applicable


1. Heritage or heritages? – A derivation? An invention? A policy from the past? – a critical review of heritage ideologies and policies;
2. Theory(ies) and practice(s) – from the “nation state” to the widespread commercialisation of the world: heritage, identity, memoir and authenticity issues;
3. Heritage and creation: “fabricating” heritage: “from the cathedral to the tea spoon”, from the “memory places” to the “non-places” – the ontological vivification: the image and policies of visibility and attractiveness.

Mandatory literature

Choay, Françoise; L' Allégorie du Patrimoine, Paris, du Seuil, 1999
González-Varas, Ignácio; Conservación de Bienes Culturales. Teoria, Historia, Princípios y Normas, Madrid, Ediciones Cátedra, 2003 - 3ª ed.
Guillaume, Marc; A Política do Património, Porto, Campo das Letras, 2003
Martínez Justicia, María José; Historia y Teoria de la Conservación y Restauración Artística, Madrid, Ed. Tecnos, 2001 - 2ª ed.
Connerton, Paul; Como as Sociedades Recordam, Oeiras, Celta Editora, 1993
Nora, Pierre (dir. de); Les Lieux de la Mémoire, Paris, Gallimard, 1984-1992

Teaching methods and learning activities

The classes have a strong theoretical component, although discussions around experiences such as decision making individual, collective and institutional. Or literature exercises between two narratives: one of history and other of heritage: the first focuses on how and why the place is significant, and may include the history of architecture and artistic as well as political, economic and social, the second should focus on how it was stored, managed and interpreted. This exercise should provide a definition of the differences between the two study objects and the need to support each other.
And still a written comment about memories and identities - material and immaterial - or an exercise in an area of bibliographic heritage (natural, archaeological – in the long term, art, architecture, documentary, photographic, immaterial, etc..).


Social sciences > Cultural studies
Humanities > History
Humanities > History > Archaeology > Comparative archaeology
Social sciences > Anthropology > Ethnology
Social sciences > Anthropology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 25,00
Prova oral 25,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 10,00
Estudo autónomo 102,00
Frequência das aulas 30,00
Trabalho laboratorial 20,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance at a minimum of 75% of classes, except in cases foreseen by law.

Calculation formula of final grade

Each student shall actively participate in classes on a “distributed evaluation” regime, completed with a small final rehearsal where he/she will approach a topic concerning his work project.

Examinations or Special Assignments

According to UP regulation

Internship work/project

not applicable

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

According to UP regulation

Classification improvement

According to UP regulation
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