Cultural Heritage Management


This course aims at:

a) Providing the students with the knowledge appropriate for the management of heritage resources;

b) Presenting the fundamental concepts, their historical evolution and main theoretical and practical contributions related to cultural heritage and museology;

c) Presenting different approaches and solutions related to the appreciation , fruition and promotion of heritage testimonies;

d) Developing competences and critical thinking about the complexity and multiplicity of national and international heritage and museums reality.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Agnés Anne Françoise Le Gac Arinto, Joana Lia Antunes Ferreira


Weekly - 4

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Teaching method

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Evaluation method

Evaluation elements:

Test (Theoretical-Practical Evaluation); Pitch (Seminar Evaluation); Project: written work  + presentation (Seminar Evaluation)

Final grade = 0.4 x Test + 0.1 Pitch + 0.5 x Project

1) Approval requires a minimum grade of 9.5 for each evaluation component (theoretical-practical and seminar).

2) Access to the exam depends on obtaining frequency for which it is necessary to successfully complete the Seminar.

3) The frequency is valid for 5 years.

4) When carrying out any test, students must take into account n.3 / article 10 of FCT NOVA Evaluation Rules, “When fraud or plagiarism is proven in any of the evaluation elements of a UC, students directly involved are outright disapproved at UC, (…). ”

Subject matter

Culture, heritage and museums. Heritage guardianship and policies: the Portuguese case.

Heritage: origin and historical evolution of the concept. The social construction of heritage. Contemporary panorama. Libraries and Archives. Intangible heritage. Safeguard policies, protection and classification. Economic value and appreciation of heritage.

Museum concept and historical background. The new museology, the critical museology. Museums as institutions: management and financing models. Museum planning and internal organization.

Storage: conditions, problems and solutions. Visitable Storages. Movement of collections.

Exhibitions: function, style and duration.

The educational function of the museum. The educational services. Cultural activities. Public and museums: contemporary challenges.


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