Principles Guidelines and Laws: National and International

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreHRM2CP1044

Email of Course Coordinator: sawasthi[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Prerequisites: None

The aim of this course is to introduce the students with the growth and progress in the field of conservation, with detailing about the laws and regulations dealing with protection and governance, at the national and the global context.

Course Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of conservation, and the ethics and values for/of conservation.
  • The major timelines in the movement for heritage protection in the global context
  • Acquire an overview of protection and legislation for safeguarding of cultural property in the national framework.
  • Understand re-use and adaptability for heritage conservation and protection.

Brief Description of the Modules:

Module I: Introduction to the Concept of Conservation, ethics and authenticity in conservation practices.

The science of conservation emerged as a discipline in the twentieth century. This module traces the historical roots of conservation, with emphasis on the practices of conservation, especially ethics and authenticity on conservation.

Reading List:

  • Jokilehto, Jukka. 2017.A History of Architectural Conservation. Routledge.
  • ErderCevat: 1986. Our Architectural Heritage from Consciousness to Conservation.Paris, UNESCO.
  • Kamalakar, G. Dr. Conservation, Preservation and Restoration Tradition Trends and Techniques, Hyderabad.

Module II: Value and Significance of Cultural Property in context of the World Heritage Convention.

The creation and nurturing of heritage are contingent on the assignment of value and significance to objects, structures and landscapes around us. The module here looks into the values attributed to such places.

lead role in the assignment of values and attributes to cultural property is evident in the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO, which will be studied in detail.

Reading List:

  • Cleere. H. Approaches to the Archaeological Heritage 1984, Cambridge.
  • Feilden, B.M. 1998. Management Guidelines for world cultural Heritage Sites.ICCROM.Rome.
  • Marks, Stephen. I996. Concerning Buildings.Butterworth-Heinemann. Oxford.

Module III:International Charters for the protection of Cultural Property.

Protection of Cultural Property is the key to safeguarding heritage, and this is achieved by promulgation of laws and legislation from time to time. The global legislation has created the pathways for protection and governance, and this module will study these as promulgated by UNESCO, from time to time.

Reading List:

UNESCO website

Module IV: National Laws and Regulations for protection of Cultural Property in India.

the storehouse of a vast diversity in cultural property has legislated on the need to protect her vast cultural repository. This module will study the various legislations introduced by the government of India to protect the country’s cultural property.

Reading List:

  • Biswas, S.S. 2002. Protecting the Culture Heritage.Aryan Books International, New Delhi.
  • Pal, H.B. 1992.Plunder of Art. Abhinav Publications.
  • New DelhiGovt.of NCT: Delhi Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological of Delhi sites and Remain Bill 2000 NCT
  • National Policy for Conservation. (India), ASI. Delhi.

Module V: Strategies for reuse and rehabilitation of sites.

The most successful strategy for conserving cultural property is adaptive re-use, and the implementation of Integrated Development Strategies and Plans for historic towns and urban centers. This looks into these aspects of conservation and preservation.

Reading List

  • Batra, N. L. 1997. Heritage Conservation. Aryan Books International, New Delhi
  • Nagar, S.L. 2002. Project Conservation and Preservation of Indian Monument
  • Aryan Books International. New Delhi.
  • Singh, A.P. 2018. Agam Kala Prakashan. Conservation and Museum Technique, New Delhi.
  • Sheshari, A.K. 1997. Conservation of Monuments in India. Book India Publishing, Delhi.
  • AylinOrbasli. 2000. Tourists in Historic Towns. Routledge.

Note: The Reading List will be supplemented by titles during lectures, and, study material provided from time to time as additional material.

Details with Weightage for Evaluation: 04 Assessments

  • Class Test: (in -class) Combination of Subjective and Multiple-Choice Questions/Take away Assignemnts: 20%
  • Assignment/Essay/ Term Paper/ Project Work etc.: 25%
  • Presentation: 15%
  • Semester End Evaluation (Combination of Subjective and Multiple-Choice Questions): 40%