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Global Cultural Heritage

CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 7
Module lead
Alistair Pike
Academic year
2021-22

Module overview

This module takes a global perspective and deals with the many varieties of cultural heritage from the tangible built environment to intangible heritage represented by a society’s traditional knowledge and customs. It will explore the reasons we do, or should, value cultural heritage; from the recognition in the ‘Universal Declaration’ that participation in the cultural life of a community is a Human Right, to the economic benefits that cultural heritage tourism increasingly brings in a globalized world. It will explore the theoretical frameworks used to study cultural heritage and the ethical and legal frameworks used to protect it. It will look at how cultural heritage is presented, and the role this plays in shaping national, community and individual identities.

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