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Cultural Heritage and the City

Discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
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Cultural Heritage and the City

Explore the unique cultural heritage of cities

Cultural heritage is usually discussed in national or religious terms: we speak of Italian culture, Greek civilization, Islamic art, and so on. But today cities are creating their own heritage through museums, galleries, markets of artistic goods, and urban networks. Cities project themselves as cultural hubs representing and connecting entire regions, for example Doha and the UAE, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Los Angeles and North America.

Using these and other examples, through this course you’ll explore exactly what is meant by urban cultural heritage and key concepts related to it.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHello, everybody. My name is Anna Triandafyllidou. And I would like to invite you to join me in an instructive and cultural journey around the world. Together, we will look into what is cultural heritage, who owns, governs, and is responsible for cultural heritage. We will see which are the key actors involved in its conservation and promotion, as well as the policies in place.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsWe will also look at how urban development is impacting cultural heritage and try to answer a pressing question, can urbanisation be an asset or is it a threat to the preservation of heritage? Together, we will visit places such as Carthage in Tunisia and Istanbul in Turkey to see how cultural heritage is managed, preserved, and promoted or not. Come with me and learn more about cultural heritage and its governance, the main actors and factors, and how cities mobilise heritage for a variety of purposes and which challenges they face. I look forward to seeing you soon.

What topics will you cover?

Cultural Heritage in an Urbanising World

  • What is cultural heritage?
  • Cultural heritage policies
  • Cities and their heritage

The Governance of Heritage

  • Heritage governance
  • Heritage in urban strategies
  • Heritage and urban development

Heritage and Urban Change

  • Urban transformations
  • Cultural heritage vs urban development
  • The role of civil society
  • Events and City identity
  • European Capitals of Culture

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain what cultural heritage is, its different types and how it has emerged as an area of public policy
  • Identify the key actors of cultural heritage governance
  • Evaluate the impacts of cultural heritage projects on cities
  • Explain the tensions between urban development and cultural heritage
  • Compare the governance of heritage in different cities or countries

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in cultural heritage and cities, but it might be of particular interest to students of archaeology, sociology, and related subjects; urban practitioners like planners and community activists; or cultural heritage professionals like those working in tourism.

Who will you learn with?

Anna Triandafyllidou

Anna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she directs the Cultural Pluralism Area in the Global Governance Programme.

Jeremie Molho

Jeremie Molho is Research Associate at the European University Institute.

Who developed the course?

The European University Institute offers doctoral and post-doctoral training in the social sciences. It hosts the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Historical Archives of the EU.

One of the flagship programmes at the European University institute (EUI), launched in 2010 in response to a growing need for global governance in an ever more interconnected and multipolar world.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

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  • Refer to the material at any point in future

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Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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