CULTURAL HERITAGE STUDIES
Cultural Heritage refers to things valued from the past that enrich our identity in the present and inspire future generations. Our tangible, intangible, movable and immovable heritage are valued not because they are old but because they are associated with phases of history people, and events of high significance. The Cultural Heritage Studies Program of the UST Graduate School began in 2000 as a pioneering curriculum in heritage conservation in the country. The CHS program is carried out through the support from the UST Museum (as an environment of continuous/experimental learning) and the UST Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (for the application of learning). The core aim of this program is to produce graduates who are armed with skills and competencies to allow them to be a part of the dynamic field of cultural heritage, in terms of policy making, practice, research, service and advocacy.
GS 500 - St. Thomas on Critical Thinking
As the philosophical foundation of Research Methodology, it is a study of the principles of and skill in critical thinking according to St. Thomas Aquinas in the three areas of mental cognition; simple apprehension, judgment and reasoning; and of common fallacies toward the acquisition of the art of argumentation.
GS 501 - Research Methodology
Discussions are oriented towards identifying and listing sources of data, library and archival research, interviews, basic field research and analysis of information, among others.
CHS 500 - Introduction to Culture
Discusses the different branches of academic disciplines (such as Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Archeology, Religion, Linguistics, Economics and History) related to culture. Tackles basic types of heritage: Tangible, Intangible, Movable and Immovable.
CHS 501 - Museum: Contexts and Issues
Museum is viewed from historical, philosophical and practical perspectives. Examines and compares types of collecting organization. Analyses contemporary studies on the status of museums and their public programs. (Formerly: History and Philosophy of Museums)
CHS 502 - Cultural Heritage Management
Highlights the mounting on cultural managers and administrators for increasing accountability and effectiveness. Addresses collection and site management, business practices and ethics in the administration. Students are presented insights into modern management techniques targeted on cultural heritage programs/projects, museums and art establishments. (Old Subject Title: Cultural Heritage and Museum Management)
CHS 503 - Cultural Heritage: Context & Issues
The subject provides the historical, philosophical and contemporary context of cultural heritage. Development of cultural heritage institutions and conventions, international and local are discussed. Issues on cultural heritage in the light of cultural diversity, value rights and sustainability are analyzed. (Old Subject Title: Ethics and Laws on Cultural Heritage and Museum)
CHS 104 - Heritage Research and Documentation:
Movable and Immovable Cultural Property
Introduces methodology of research, documentation and cataloguing of movable and
immovable cultural property. It addresses professional and practical concerns on the implementation of collection policies: establishing and managing collections, management procedures and systems, documentation of collection, records, preservation, collection access and storage, handling, etc. and conservator in collection management. (Formerly: Museum Research and Catalogue: Collection Management)
CHS 105 - Introduces to Conservation Theories and Practices
Introduces principles of conservation and general practices; type of intervention; causes of deterioration; assessment and examination; environmental monitoring and control; and other different approaches in developing a conservation program. (Formerly: Theories of Conservation and Restoration)
CHS 106 - Heritage Education and Interpretation
Focuses on the establishing and developing different approaches to design and implementation of a range of public programs to communicate the significance of the collections and sites. (Formerly: Exhibition Design) Pre-requisites: CHS 104, 50.3
CHS 107 - Introduction to Archaeology
Introduces archaeology and its techniques, theoretical approaches to reconstructing and interpreting the cultures of the past. It also deals with the story of man in the Philippine Islands as it reviews the nature of information available from artifacts, their context and its relationship.
CHS 110 - Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Brings into perspective the role of tourism as an important means and motivation for the protection, conservation, interpretation and presentation of the heritage and cultural diversity of any particular place or region. Examines the role of domestic and international cultural tourism in the social and economic development thus engaging on conservation by generating funding, education the community and influencing policy. Pre-requisites: CHS 106 and all core subjects.
CHS 108 - Seminars
Seminar with changing topics. In-depth examination of particular topics allows students to broaden their knowledge of subjects pertinent to the field.
CHS 109- Research Paper (for Diploma Course)
With the approval of the faculty advisers, the students develop individual research topics to complete the final diploma requirement on the areas or discipline to choose from.
CHS INTERNSHIP 1 and 2
Provides the students actual and practical experience to complete a work in the appropriate research area of heritage studies under the direct supervision of staff/faculty adviser in an accredited institution, organization or individual.
1. Conservation and Restoration
2. Documentation and Cataloguing
3. Exhibition and MuseumDesign
4. Educational and Public Program
5. Cultural Heritage Mapping
6. Conservation Management Plan
7. Philippine Church Archeaology
Pre-requisites: all pre-requisite and core subjects, WCE.
For more information: Please inquire at the UST Graduate School.