Heritage under Threat




Leiden University




Free (certificate fee: USD$ 29, optional)

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This course offered by Leiden University discusses the role of conflicts in the global heritage discussions and approaches to (or lack of) valorization and protection of heritage. It is available through Coursera, an online education platform.

The issues behind destruction or threats to heritage are complex in nature, often connected to complex landscapes of wars, the war-on-terror, fundamentalism, migration, global warming, financial crises, inequality and diverse interests of local communities. Through this case studies, participants will be able to widen their perspectives on the various threats to heritage, both anthropogenic as well as natural.

Some of the learning outcomes of the course are:

  • Defining various forms of inequalities in describing heritage
  • Discuss the role of communities and the impact of heritage ownership
  • Illustrating heritage threats
  • Protecting cultural heritage
  • Learning technological developments such as video games and virtual reality to create an open and inclusive heritage discourse