Architectural and Town Planning Heritage


Course Objective

After following this course, the aim is that you as a student:
1) Understand the historiography and interdisciplinarity of the heritage
concept in relationship to the built and urban environment;
2) Are able to apply these understandings to a self-chosen, contemporary
restoration or re-use case study;
3) Can critically assess various approaches to material aspects of
heritage, in such a way that you are able to produce arguments for and
against contemporary interventions in heritage environments;
4) Become aware of your own role as a heritage academic to debates in
society, in such a way that you are able to contribute critically and
constructively to events and debates.
5) Be able to present and exchange ideas with your fellow students with
other disciplinary backgrounds on restoration and re-use cases;
6) Become more self- directed in your approach to your studies, in such
a way that you are aware of your specific interests and motivated to let
these guide you through this master course.

Course Content

Architectural and Town Planning Heritage is one of the introductory
courses of the Master Heritage Studies. It is meant as a course in which
the central concepts of the master course, such as heritage, monument,
identity, spatial transformations and identity come together. As the
group of students is as interdisciplinary as our academic field, we will
analyze and discuss these concepts based on literature that reflects
shifts of thought in the field. We will also question and apply them in
lectures and individual presentations. In order to get acquainted with
the heritage world outside the university’s compound, we will make
excursions and welcome guest speakers and you will individually visit
heritage events and report about them. A final written exam will wrap up
the course’s learning and challenge you to critically assess the
understandings and insights you have acquired.

Teaching Methods

seminars and excursions

Method of Assessment

- Heritage event visit, weight: 10%, learning goals: 1, 4,
- Excursions: preparation and participation, weight: 10%, learning
goals: 2, 3, 5,
- Group presentation, weight: 30%, learning goals: 1, 2, 3, 5,
- Take-home exam, weight: 50%, learning goals: 1, 3, 6.


To be announced on Canvas.

Target Audience

Master students Heritage Studies (compulsory), master students
Architectural History (optional).

General Information

Course Code L_KBMAERF004
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. P.K.M. van Roosmalen
Examiner dr. P.K.M. van Roosmalen
Teaching Staff dr. P.K.M. van Roosmalen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Excursion
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