Legal and Institutional Protection of Cultural Heritage

Course Level: 
Master’s
Campus: 
Budapest
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Remote students
Academic Year: 
2020-2021
Term: 
Spring
US Credits: 
2
Course Description: 

This course is the first of two dedicated to this topic. It is intended to introduce students to the major institutions and some of the major normative texts that regulate and guide the protection of cultural heritage at the international level. It will study 2 of UNESCO’s main conventions in this field (on World Heritage, on intangible cultural heritage) and the legal protection of cultural heritage in armed conflict. Besides UNESCO, international organizations for the protection of cultural heritage (ICOMOS, ICOM, ICCROM) and of archaeological heritage in particular will be studied. Through examples we shall also look briefly into how national legislations care for cultural heritage. The teaching is tailored to student without a background in law and to the needs of cultural heritage professionals.

Learning Outcomes: 

To gain a working familiarity with the international rules for the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage (‘international cultural heritage law’)
- To be able to analyze critically the various international legal instruments for the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage and their implementation
- To understand the role of national governments, institutional frameworks and national legal systems in the implementation of international cultural heritage law
- To understand the role of intergovernmental bodies in the implementation of international cultural heritage law
- To understand the role of cultural heritage professionals and non-governmental cultural heritage organizations in the implementation of international cultural heritage law
- To understand the role of international organizations for the safeguarding and protection of cultural heritage

Assessment: 

(1) class attendance and activity (15% of final grade): active participation in class.
(2) assignments submitted (15% of the final grade). There are altogether 7 assignments in this class: short text to be submitted on specific topics requiring research, reading, and analysis of information. Assignments must be submitted on time and must clearly answer the questions or raise questions as appropriate.
(3) presentation in class (30% of the final grade) There will be two opportunities to make presentations, guidance is given in Moodle as well as in class. The presentation can be further improved and resubmitted after class if necessary.
(4) term paper (40% of the final grade).