Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Intangible Cultural Heritage: Applications and Implications

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences

DESCRIPTION The UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding for Intangible Cultural Heritage has served as an important International Instrument for the recognition of intangible cultural heritage on a global scale and has led to the development of several national and international efforts aimed at safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as recognising instances of good practice. This study-unit will introduce students to the concept of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the various challenges that are involved in its application. In particular the study unit will focus on a hands-on study of the contribution of anthropologists to the study and implementation of Intangible Cultural heritage.

Study-unit Aims:

The main aim of this study-unit is to train students towards developing and understanding of the theory and applications of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Students will be instructed on the ethical challenges of such processes as well as exposed to the impact of such processes of heritigisation. Using ethnographic methods and working in the community students will also be trained on how to develop UNESCO intangible Cultural Heritage applications.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Provide a written analysis of the risks and ethical challenges involved in cultural inventorying;
- Present an understanding of the anthropological debates surrounding the concept and politics of Intangible Cultural Heritage across a variety of case studies.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Compile and submit a National Cultural Inventory Application in conjunction with stakeholders and community members;
- Develop ethnographic and interviewing skills in working with community members;
- Develop Team-work skills used to co-ordinate and present findings;
- Present the results of their research to selection boards.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Arizpe, L. & Amescua, C. (Eds.) (2013) Anthropological Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Dordrecht: Springer.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Group Learning & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting


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