Heritage Histoty and Theory
Cod: 32013
Department: DCSG
ECTS: 7.5
Scientific area: Heritage Studies
Total working hours: 195
Total contact time: 25

The main goal of this course unit is to chronicle the path of destruction (vandalism) of the architectural heritage and the society recognition of the need for its preservation. In this course unit topics such as the study of the origin of the concept of heritage and its historical evolution, the evolution of legislation, instruments and means of protecting heritage and the dissemination and teaching of heritage are dealt with. The Portuguese case study will be privileged during the sessions.


Students are expected to ba able to:
• Use critically the concept of heritage;
• Develop reflection on the individual and social responsibility in the protection of heritage;
• Recognize main issues on heritage protection, preservation and valoration.

•Vandalism and the invention of heritage.
•History, theories and practices in the West (18th-20th centuries).
•National legislation and international charters on heritage.
•Safeguarding tools.

CHOAY, Françoise, A Alegoria do Património, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2000 (Arte e Comunicação, 71).
HERNÁNDEZ HERNÁNDEZ, Francisca, El patrimonio cultural: la memoria recuperada, Gijón, Ediciones Trea, 2002 (Col. Biblioteconomia y Administración Cultural, 60)
JOKILEHTO, Jukka, A History of Architectural Conservation, Oxford, Butterworth, 1999.
LACROIX, Michel, O Princípio de Noé ou a Ética da Salvaguarda, Lisboa, Instituto Piaget, 1999.
LENIAUD, Jean-Michel, Les archipels du passé. Le patrimoine et son histoire, Paris, Fayard, 2002.
NETO, Maria João Baptista, Memória, Propaganda e Poder. O Restauro dos Monumentos Nacionais (1929-1960), Porto, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, 2001. ORTIGÃO, Ramalho, O Culto da Arte em Portugal, Lisboa, Esfera do Caos, 2006 (Col. Esfera das Letras, 3) também disponível em http://purl.pt/207.
NB: Other compulsory and/or complementary readings might be pointed throughout the semester.


Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.

•Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet broadband connection and e-mail account.
•Readings may be in Spanish, French and English.