This course is designed to introduce students to legal, advocacy, and public policy issues in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource management. It provides a practical understanding of the institutional framework which governs preservation practice in the U.S.
Part I explores federal statutory laws affecting preservation policy and practice, including the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Department of Transportation Act (Section 4(f)). Part II looks at state and local laws. Part III explores the opportunities and constraints for preservation practice created by constitutional law. Part IV reviews laws protecting archeological resources including common law doctrines, federal, state, local, and international law.
1. Assigned readings and participation in class
Every student is expected to come to class prepared to discuss the reading assignment; students will be assigned days to be the "expert" of the day, in rotation. Depending on local issues of interest, there may be a visit to a City of Austin Landmarks Commission hearing or City Council. (20%)
2. Three quizzes, (10% each)
3. Local Ordinance Analysis (20%)
Each student will be asked to obtain a local historic preservation ordinance along with any relevant regulations or other guidelines, and to interview city staff and/or Landmarks Commission members. Each student will be asked to prepare a short written analysis and oral presentation on his/her local ordinance in terms of its content and perceived effectiveness.
5. Final (30%)