• European University Institute logo
  • Global Governance Programme logo

Cultural Heritage and the City

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

Cultural Heritage and the City
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Extra BenefitsFrom $59Find out more
This course is part of the Exploring Culture and Heritage program, which will enable you to discover the importance of culture and heritage.

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.

Download video: standard or HD

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds Hello, 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 seconds We 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?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

  • Available now

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 is Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Jeremie Molho is Research Fellow at the European University Institute and the National University of Singapore

Who developed the course?

European University Institute (EUI)

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.

Global Governance Programme

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.

Learner reviews

See all FutureLearn Reviews

Join this course

Start this course for free, upgrade for extra benefits, or buy Unlimited to access this course and hundreds of other short courses for a year.


Join free and you will get:

  • Access to this course for 5 weeks


Upgrade this course and you will get:

  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
  • A print and digital Certificate of Achievement once you’re eligible

Unlimited (New!)
$259.99 for one year

Buy Unlimited and you will get:

  • Access to this course, and hundreds of other FutureLearn short courses and tests for a year
  • A printable digital Certificate of Achievement on all short courses once you’re eligible
  • The freedom to keep access to any course you've achieved a digital Certificate of Achievement on, for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn
  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year
Find out more about upgrades or Unlimited.

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join: