Concepts and Issues in Cultural Heritage

Course Description: 

Recent developments in Culture Heritage management and research will be reflected in a series of lectures given by a range of Cultural Heritage experts. The lectures will be held over the course of the Fall and Winter semesters. Students will encounter many kinds of problems and a variety of solutions to them during their working lives. It is extremely important for students in Cultural Heritage to confront the wide range of possibilities available to them to understand all sides of these sometimes complex issues. Sometimes possible solutions and perspectives on these issues are as complex and many sided as the problems themselves. The title of the class reflects this. Our Cultural Heritage program has invited experts on subjects ranging from management issues, protection of cultural significant sites and monuments, inter-cultural ethics connected 'whose heritage questions', and finally technical solutions in heritage preservation. These noted specialists work in many different fields and will give talks in the early evening at the Central European University. At the same time, other departments also invite experts in their own fields whose work touches upon important issues in cultural heritage. Students will be free, and are encouraged, to attend these lectures as well. Subject to prior discussion such lectures may be included in the student's Issues class list.

Learning Outcomes: 

Ability to synthesize information on many different topics.

Ability to employ higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Ability to contextualize a variety of information.

Assessment: At the end of the winter term the class participants are asked to produce a synopsis of the individual talks they attended and reflect on the meaning of what they heard for their own thesis work.

Assessment: At the end of the winter term the class participants are asked to produce a synopsis of the individual talks they attended and reflect on the meaning of what they heard for their own thesis work.

Assessment: 

Students are expected to attend a total of twelve talks during the two years of study. For Cultural Heritage talks offered by other programs or Departments the students must check with the instructor to ensure that the talk qualifies as a Cultural Heritage topic. The instructor will take attendance at the talks offered by the Culture Heritage program. The students must produce a final paper according to the outline on the e-learning site. The paper is due some time during the April research break.