Legal and Institutional Protection of Cultural Heritage 2 (Advanced)

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

This course builds on and continues the introductory course of the same title in the previous academic year. It shall go further in the study of the legal and institutional context of the protection of cultural heritage, as well as human rights approaches to its protection. We shall also take a closer look at the Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage (2003), in particular its listing mechanism and its ideal of community participation.

This course builds on students’ overall familiarity with the topics covered in the first course and requires their active participation.

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: 

Grading will be based on class attendance and activity (30%); term paper  (40%); presentation in class (30%).

Prerequisites: 

This course builds on students’ overall familiarity with the topics covered in the first course and requires their active participation.