Checking date: 06/05/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Theory and Method
Master in Hispanic Cultural Heritage (Plan: 357 - Estudio: 254)

Coordinating teacher: FRIAS NUÑEZ, MARCELO

Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: History, Geography and Art Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


1. To acquire a rational and critical knowledge of the theories on the different aspects of the Cultural Inheritance of Spain, and the countries of America with a great Spanish inheritance. 2. To get a rational and critical knowledge of the methods of work related to the Cultural Heritage. 3. To reach the level of competition that allows to analyze the own phenomena of the inheritance. 4. To obtain a capacity of historical analysis of the cultural facts. 5. To possess advanced knowledge of the terminology, the criteria and the foundations that govern the consideration of the Cultural Heritage. 6. To analyze in detail the research methods of the complexity of issues of cultural heritage 7. To practice research methods through brief papers and long final paper
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction: approaches to theory and method regarding cultural heritage, focusing on hispanic cultural heritage (Spain, South América and other countries with Spanish cultural influence) 2. Culture and heritage: the concern for conservation since the 20th century. UNESCO's role 3. Contemporary culture: reflections on the concept of culture and its evolution 4. Understanding the past as basis of cultural heritage 5. The study of cultural heritage: the historical past 6. The study of cultural heritage: the artistic past (I) 7. The study of cultural heritage: the artistic past (II) 8. The study of cultural heritage: the literary past as a source to study cultural heritage 9. The scientific method. The use of the scientific method for the study of cultural heritage, and the introduction to work techniques 10. Dissertations on cultural heritage. The difficulty of looking for a good topic 11. Exploratory investigation of research issues or problems 12. The search for information: archives, museums and "field work" 13. Sources for the study of cultural heritage: primary sources 14. Sources for the study of cultural heritage: secondary sources 15. New methods for the analysis of the past: Digital Humanities 16. Advanced research: analysis and composition of a paper
Learning activities and methodology
1. Magisterial conferences, where they will present the knowledge that the pupils must acquire. There will be delivered to the pupils basic texts of reference that allow them to understand and to penetrate into the contents of the given matter. 2. Practical classes, at which one will be employed with specific documentation that allows a more precise approximation to the students the contents of the matter. 3. Groups of discussion, on concrete problems to fix in the pupils the specific capacities that must be acquired in the course, promoting the critical analysis and the examination of the sources. 4. Exhibitions, where they present the results and worn out materials, with the aim to favor the learning and the acquisition of competitions in the domain of the presentation and public diffusion of the realized works.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Burke, Peter. ¿Qué es la historia cultural?. Barcelona: Paidós.
  • Geertz, Clifford. La interpretación de las culturas. Barcelona: Gedisa.
  • Lipovetsky, Gilles y Jean Serroy. La cultura-mundo. Anagrama. 2010
  • Lotman, Iuri M.. La semiosfera.. Madrid: Cátedra.
  • Lotman, Iuri M.. La semiosfera.. Madrid: Cátedra.
  • Marvin Harris. Teorías sobre la cultura en la era posmoderna. Barcelona: Crítica.
  • Ortiz, Renato. Mundialización y cultura. Alianza. 1997
  • Riegl, Aloïs. El culto moderno a los monumentos. Madrid: Visor.
  • Urrutia, Jorge. Lectura de lo oscuro. Biblioteca nueva. 2000
Additional Bibliography
  • Barker, Chris. Cultural Studies. Theory & Pactice. London: Sage.
  • Fall, Khadiyatoulah, Ratiba Hadj-Moussa y Daniel Simeoni. Les convergences culturelles dans les sociétés pluriethniques. Montréal: Presses Universitaires du Québec.
  • Urruria, Jorge. La verdad convenida. Biblioteca nueva. 1997
  • Venturi, Robert, Denise Scott Brawn y Steven Icenour. Learning from La Vegas. The MIT Press.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.