CCHM1000: Cultural and Chinese Cultural Heritage



This module will prepare students to general concepts of cultural heritage including discussions surrounding tangible and intangible heritage. Students will learn about heritage on an international scale looking at the work of UNESCO, and specifically look at examples in the UK, China and Taiwan. This module will also look at the work of communities in creating and preserving their own heritage, by examining a range of case studies and Chinese collections in the UK.

The module aims to:

  • Review examples of key Chinese heritage to students

  • Establish concepts of cultural heritage – tangible and intangible

  • Explore cultural heritage issues from around the world and key heritage issues affecting Chinese collections

  • Debate a range of international case studies with own opinions

  • Critically analyse heritage collections (Chinese and others) held in London and draw their own comparisons and conclusions



Have a comprehensive understanding of:

  • The difference between tangible and intangible heritage and develop in-depth understanding of how to distinguish and define tangible and intangible heritage

  • The overview of important Chinese heritage case studies from around the world

  • Different cultural views regarding cultural heritage

  • The overview of work done in different communities to create and protect their own heritage


  • Ability to critically analyse case studies

  • Development of oral presentation techniques

  • Development of research techniques and ability to produce reports to a high level

  • Form individual critical analysis based on teaching and individual observations



  • Cultural heritage: introduction to key concepts of tangible and intangible heritage

  • Importance of heritage: past, present and future

  • Heritage case Studies: examples of famous and important UNESCO world heritage sites

  • Intangible heritage – how is it defined and UNESCO examples

  • Preserving heritage: tangible – organisations e.g. UNESCO institutions e.g. museums, intangible – organisations e.g. NGOs, UNESCO and cultural heritage groups


  • Heritage case studies: World Heritage Sites and UNESCO intangible heritage list

  • Examples of Chinese heritage in China and in overseas communities

  • angible Chinese heritage – including architecture, craft

  • Intangible Chinese culture – including values, language, cultural practices


Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, guest lectures, workshops and visits.


Coursework 1 (40%) & Coursework 2 (60%)

Total: 100 %