About this Course
In this course you will learn to articulate your own concepts about (threatened) heritage and that of others. What is your heritage? Who defines heritage? Why is heritage under threat? How can we protect heritage? WW1, WW2, Cold war politics and contemporary conflicts as well as continuing political and socio-economic inequalities and colonial pasts are all factors playing a role in the global heritage discussions and approaches to (or lack of ) valorization and protection of heritage. Hence, issues behind destruction or threats to heritage are related to complex issues, often connected to complex landscapes of wars, the war-on-terror, fundamentalism, migration, global warming, financial crises, inequality and diverse interests of local communities. This course, sponsored by the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Honours Academy of Leiden University, and the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO gave its support to one of the sections of the MOOC, will explore these issues. We wish to engage global communities and widen the perspective on threatened heritage. You can help us with this.
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Approx. 13 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1 hour to complete

Welcome to this course

Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about your heritage and how you can preserve it. Before you start with studying we invite you to first go through our introduction module and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know on the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck & we hope you will enjoy studying in this course! ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 7 min), 6 readings
Video2 videos
Short welcome from Bellinzona, Switzerland0m
Reading6 readings
Meet the instructor & her team5m
Welcome to Leiden University and the Centre for Global Heritage and Development5m
Complete our short suvery10m
Study tips for studying online5m
Being succesful in an international virtual learning community5m
How to behave in an academic way5m
Clock
3 hours to complete

What is your heritage?

Hi everybody and welcome to the first module of this MOOC! We have an exciting course prepared for you, with a large variety of topics to be discussed. Some of which can become quite technical, but are necessary in order for you to understand the frameworks we are dealing with. For this week however, we are starting somewhat slowly and view cultural heritage from a very personal point of view. This is important because, as you will also learn later, a personal view and inclusive heritage is one of the main ways to go forward and battle for heritage which is under threat. We'd like you to introduce yourself to your fellow students before diving into the content, so make sure to select the next discussion prompt first!...
Reading
7 videos (Total 39 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Expert interview: Koosje Spitz2m
Expert interview: Peter Pels6m
Research methods7m
Personal Heritage4m
Closing remarks from Sada2m
Example of personal Heritage: Linden tree10m
Reading5 readings
Reading for week 110m
Introduction to this case study10m
Personal heritage of the experts10m
Share your own personal heritage on Instagram10m
Honors Track Reading for week 130m
Quiz1 practice exercises
On the concept of heritage10m

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4 hours to complete

Heritage and inequality

Hi everybody welcome to the second module! Last week we talked about the concept of heritage and how heritage can be very personal. This week we will dive into how heritage is actually defined, both within the field of (archaeological) heritage management, as well as for local communities. We will also discuss various forms of inequality which unfortunately can come with defining and framing something as heritage. Please watch the video's we have prepared for you first and then proceed with the quizz and case study!...
Reading
9 videos (Total 52 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Who defines heritage8m
Conceptualising heritage. Expert interview with Dick Douwes4m
Who defines heritage? Expert interview with Koosje Spitz from UNESCO4m
The changing values of heritage. Expert interview with Koosje Spitz14m
Indigenous definition of 'heritage'. Expert Interview: Manuel May Castillo7m
What is shared about World Heritage? Expert Interview: Koosje Spitz2m
The relation between nation-state and heritage. Expert Interview: Dick Douwes5m
Closing remarks from Sada1m
Reading4 readings
Intersection of race, inequality and heritage15m
Reading for week 20m
Schokland and surroundings20m
Honors Track reading for week 230m
Quiz1 practice exercises
On the definition of cultural heritage10m

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4 hours to complete

Heritage, communities and ownership

Hi everybody welcome to the third module!Last week we talked about the definition of heritage and how this can sometimes invoke inequality. This week we will discuss the role of communities and the impact of heritage ownership. Please watch the video's we have prepared for you first and then proceed with the quizz and case study!Have fun!...
Reading
10 videos (Total 38 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Who owns heritage?6m
Expert Interview: Mariana Francozo5m
Expert Interview: Mariana Francozo4m
Expert Interview: Peter Pels4m
Expert Interview: Koosje Spitz2m
Expert Interview: Mariana Francozo2m
Expert Interview: Martijn Manders3m
Expert Interview: Manuel May Castillo3m
Closing remarks from Sada1m
Reading4 readings
Ownership and Contested Heritage15m
Reading for week 30m
Contested collections - Benin heritage20m
Honors Track reading for week 330m
Quiz1 practice exercises
On the ownership of cultural heritage10m

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6 hours to complete

Heritage threats

Hi all! Welcome to the fourth module!Last week we talked about local communities and the impact of heritage ownership. This week we will dive into the various threats to heritage, both anthropogenic as well as natural. We also have a very interesting, relevant and timely case study prepared for you! Please watch the video's we have prepared for you first and then proceed with the quizz and case study!...
Reading
9 videos (Total 36 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Why is heritage under threat?7m
Expert Interview: Mariana Francozo4m
Expert Interview: Peter Pels4m
Expert Interview: Manuel May Castillo3m
Expert interview Dominique Ngan-Tillard1m
Expert Interview: Dick Douwes3m
Expert Interview: Martijn Manders6m
Closing remarks from Sada1m
Reading4 readings
Loss of histories, knowledge and heritage15m
Reading for week 40m
The Al Mahdi case: Intentional destruction20m
Honors Track reading for week 430m
Quiz1 practice exercises
On the threats to cultural heritage10m

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5 hours to complete

Heritage protection

Hi all! Welcome to the fifth module!Last week we discussed the various threats to heritage, both man-made as well as natural. This week we will discuss how we can actually protect cultural heritage and which measures we have at our disposal to do so. Please watch the video's we have prepared for you first and then proceed with the quizz and case study!...
Reading
8 videos (Total 76 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
How can we protect heritage?6m
How can we best protect heritage? Expert Interview: Peter Pels4m
Expert Interview: Martijn Manders8m
How can new techniques help us protect heritage under threat? Expert Interview: Dominique Ngan-Tillard2m
Expert Interview: Koosje Spitz12m
Interview with ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda38m
Closing remarks from Sada1m
Reading4 readings
How to protect Heritage?15m
Reading for week 50m
Lessons from the ICC Al-Mahdi Case20m
Honors Track reading for week 530m
Quiz1 practice exercises
On the protection of cultural heritage10m

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4 hours to complete

Inclusive heritage

Hi all! Welcome to the sixth and last module! Did you enjoy the course thus far?Last week we talked about the opportunities we have to protect heritage. This final week we will discuss how heritage can be utilized to create an inclusive, sensitive and thoughtful society. We will also discuss some of the more technological developments going on in the world of video games and virtual reality, all helping to create an open and inclusive heritage discourse. Let us know what you think! Please watch the video's we have prepared for you first and then proceed with the quizz and case study! Good luck with your final tasks!...
Reading
9 videos (Total 33 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
How can we utilize heritage?6m
Expert Interview: Dominique Ngan-Tillard2m
Expert Interview: Martijn Manders3m
Expert Interview: Martijn Manders5m
Expert Interview: Manuel May Castillo3m
Expert Interview: Dick Douwes3m
Expert Interview: Peter Pels4m
Closing remarks from Sada2m
Reading5 readings
Ways forward: Inclusive Heritage15m
Reading for week 60m
Inclusive heritage, VR and video games20m
Complete our short survey10m
Honors Track reading for week 630m
Quiz1 practice exercises
On inclusive heritage and the way forward10m
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Top Reviews

By SCMay 1st 2017

I truly enjoyed the videos, readings, and assignments given. Dr. Mire's work is so critical and has inspired me to challenge myself and the field to be more inclusive.

By LSFeb 9th 2018

Excellent course I recommend it widely. Very good content and extensive preparation by teachers.

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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