Monday, October 24, 2011

Winter is the perfect time to focus on professional development! - Cultural Property Law - Rural Cultural Environment

Plymouth State University’s winter term graduate-level courses, which can lead to a Certificate in Historic Preservation, are…

Archaeological site looting, transnational antiquities trafficking and armed conflicts threaten global cultural heritage. This course examines the international, national and state legal frameworks for the protection and movement of cultural property. Topics for discussion include the 1954 Hague Convention, the 1970 UNESCO Convention, the ICOM Code of Ethics, the National Stolen Property Act and the Cultural Property Implementation Act. The course also introduces students to important national heritage laws such as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the rules governing shipwrecks. State statutes and the common law regulating cultural property are also reviewed.
Taught in Concord by Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Esq. 3 credits.
Friday, December 2: 4 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 3: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, December 9: 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 10: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, December 16: 4 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 17: all day (field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Friday, December 23: 6 – 9 p.m.

This course uses the rural countryside as a laboratory to examine the cultural landscape. It will trace the impact of natural, cultural, economic, and technological forces on the “built” environment. The course studies the evolution of buildings and their settings, with emphasis on settlement and rural industrialization. Subjects to be discussed include the evolution of architectural styles and construction techniques, town planning and land division, the evolution of transportation and the harnessing of water power. Although the course will use specific locales as examples, it is intended to instill general principles by which any human landscape can be examined and interpreted in relationship to natural resources and human culture.
Taught entirely online by Benoni Amsden, PhD, Center for Rural Partnerships, PSU. 3 credits.
Sessions being January 6 and end February 16, 2012. Two self-directed field trips are required.


To learn more about PSU’s Certificate in Historic Preservation, visit and click on “Historic Preservation Certificate”
or contact Dr. Stacey Yap, program coordinator, at, (603) 535-2333.

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