This is a guided independent pursuit course to prepare your thesis proposal. Please do not expect lectures and guided assignments, rather please pursue the course proactively to further your own interest and begin to prepare your thesis proposal. Remember a good thesis proposal is equivalent to almost half of thesis done since it will have literature review, methodology and some preliminary data and analysis involved. This semester, we will most likely be online for the entire semester, so please manage your time and pursue your own research. 

This is a course with wide-implications on all sectors of heritage management. Though it is about built heritage of various scales and complexities, it is perceived as a basis for existence and survival of many other forms of heritage, i.e. crafts, intangible traditions as well as livelihoods. Hence, this is a conventional subject but the course is designed with keeping in mind its multi-disciplinary nature and participatory methodology in focus. 

Built heritage are the most prominent manifestations of culture, traditions and craftsmanship. Conservation and management of these built heritage are now considered more than technical conservation as understood previously. Their identification, documentation, preservation/conservation and management have to draw upon various skills and tools. This course will look at various levels of built heritage – from single monuments to a group of monuments and larger areas forming a larger site, to complex urban contexts. In bringing all these processes together, the course will draw upon some of the evolving approaches such as disaster risk preparedness planning and mitigation measures to provide a holistic heritage management insights pertaining to the built heritage.

This course explores key conventions and frameworks related to heritage (both natural and cultural) that frame the global heritage
practices today. Even though individual countries have their own policies and laws, often the national policies and laws are influenced by
the conventions that the countries may have ratified. Hence, knowing these conventions as a guiding framework is important for future
heritage professionals.