REMH03-Heritage Law and Economics

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mr Henry Russell

Type of module:

Summary module description:


This module aims to provide an understanding of the legislative issues affecting building conservation, including Building Regulations, the law of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and conservation areas, and the law relating to places of worship.

The module will also provide the student with an understanding of the economic and funding issues affecting the historic environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

• Identify and critically appraise the legislation affecting historic buildings;

• Make informed judgements about how individual buildings and sites are affected by historic buildings legislation;

• Insightfully interpret how building regulations impact on historic buildings;

• Critically evaluate the impact of the basic factors of property values on the his toric environment;

• Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the role of building preservation trusts in rescuing and repairing historic buildings;

• Explain and evaluate the principles of property insurance as applied to historic buildings;

Additional outcomes:

• Enhance oral and communication skills through discussions and presentations in seminar sessions;

• Develop academic report writing skills through the module assignment.

Outline content:

• The law and policy covering heritage planning and archaeology;

• The ecclesiastical exemption and other jurisdictions;

• Building regulations and construction codes as applied to historic buildings;

• Basic property valuation principles;

• The operation of building preservation trusts and similar organisations;

• Grant aid and funding.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is delivered in a block release format that involves a four-day face-to-face teaching block with pre-course preparation plus online post-teaching support. The module is taught in an interactive format through seminars and workshops. An assessed individual project is the consolidating and integrating vehicle for the taught material. Students are encouraged to share information via Blackboard in the extended online support period which follows the face-to-face element. An online disc ussion of the case studies between tutors and students supports the assessment in this module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 60
    Preparation for presentations 10
    Preparation of practical report 100
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Not Applicable

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A written assignment which assesses all the learning outcomes of this module. Guide length 5,000 words.

Assignment Submission Deadline: Week 36

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The pass-mark for this module is 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module's original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 8 April 2021


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