Culture and Tourism

Discover the history of natural and cultural heritage and explore methods of promoting and conserving the World Heritage sites.

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Explore the impact of tourism on the conservation of our world heritage sites

On this course, you’ll discover the legal frameworks, processes, and practices used to identify and manage world heritage sites.

You’ll build interdisciplinary knowledge on concepts that affect cultural heritage and tourism such as power, globalisation, authenticity, commodification, and representation.

As you work through case studies from Asia and around the world, you’ll critically examine contemporary issues in cultural and heritage site tourism management.

You’ll also be introduced to current debates within heritage and tourism studies that explore how and why tourists engage with heritage.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 19 secondsHi, everyone. Cultural tourism is one of the oldest forms of travel. It still continues to be a mainstay of the tourism industry in most parts of the world. This course mainly focuses on Cultural Heritage Tourism which is a branch of cultural tourism oriented towards the cultural heritage of the location where tourism is occurring. This course will take the form of public lectures by myself and a team of international leading cultural heritage experts.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 secondsThe course provides a broad-based interdisciplinary training in cultural heritage and tourism that is rigorous and intellectually challenging as preparation for or as an enhancement to a career in this area.

What topics will you cover?

Week One:Cultural Tourism: Definitions and Concepts

Week Two: Cultural Heritage Categories

Week Three: Australia’s Heritage System: Managing and Safeguarding World Heritage Sites

Week Four: Cultural Landscapes: Meanings, Values, Assessment, Documentation

Week Five: Sustainable Indigenous Tourism

Week Six: Affect and Emotion in Heritage Tourism

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Investigate international conventions, charters and standards concerning the protection of World Heritage
  • Identify and judge the utility of different conceptualisations of heritage
  • Identify and implement knowledge of practical issues in cultural heritage management
  • Assess the management of different types of cultural heritage
  • Discuss the importance of the concept of cultural landscape to World Heritage projects
  • Evaluate the role that tourism plays in the production and consumption of culture in heritage practices

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in cross-cultural tourism research and the protection of world cultural heritage.

You may be interested in the UNESCO world heritage program, improving tourists’ experience of world heritage sites, and promoting the conservation of world heritage.

Who developed the course?

Nankai University

The college of Tourism and Service Management occupies its own building with a hotel nearby. It has about 500 undergraduate and 185 postgraduate students with 38 academic staff and 38 support staff.

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