Module Area 1: Humanities and Social Sciences

How is heritage generated and communicated across cultures?

This study area integrates the academic disciplines of Cultural Studies, Sociology, History, Law and Political Sciences, in order to reflect the multi-layered, dynamic nature of heritage. Students will understand the complex processes that generate and influence the transmission of heritage values in the local and global contexts.

Discourses on Culture and Heritage

This course introduces a wide range of theoretical approaches to culture as dynamic construct. It aims to broaden students’ critical thinking on the nature and practice of heritage, both within UNESCO’s programmes and legal instruments, and within society at large.

Intercultural Competence

Students will acquire skills to interact and communicate effectively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. The course presents strategies to improve performance in intercultural communication, such as negotiation, leadership, team building or problem solving, and develops competencies for dealing with cultural diversity at work.

Culture and Globalization

This course explores the role of culture in international politics, as well as the defining attributes of the 21st century global society. Students will focus on concepts of ethnicity, identity and diversity, with reference to colonial history, post-colonial nation-building processes and the construction of otherness.

Legal Aspects of Heritage

Students will gain an understanding of functions and terminologies within general law, as well as an overview of the international conventions for the protection of cultural and natural resources. The course examines varied aspects of environmental law, international cultural heritage legislation, addressing the attributes and limitations of these instruments within heritage practice.

Social Change and Continuity

Based within a sociological theoretical framework, debates on social change, economic phenomena or globalised economies are addressed. The course expands upon themes of labour markets, economic production and management systems, migration and social cohesion within the current socio-economic climate.

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