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Cultural Heritage: Aesthetics, Learning and Reflexivity

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

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This information concerns students admitted to a course at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education.


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The mandatory registration online is open between January 4th - 10th. 

Note! Online registration is mandatory. If there are any issues with the online registration, students must contact the course administration during the dates for registration, or they risk losing their place in the course. 

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The courses with instruction in English are online-courses.

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The course discusses material cultural heritage (art, objects, buildings, and other physical formations) and immaterial cultural heritage (narratives, traditions, practices, knowledge, and other immaterial values).

One focal point of the course is the concept of cultural heritage, its definitions and uses in different contexts for different purposes (for example, pedagogical, commercial, political, ideological). The process of ongoing reinterpretation of cultural heritage to make it relevant for education will be discussed. Of special interest are cultural heritage and cultural environments for educational goals and to further reflexivity, for instance in regards to the aesthetic questions and critical analysis of meaning and values that specific cultural heritage is thought to convey or carry. Through these discussions - and through questions of inclusion and exclusion - the concept of cultural heritage is specified.

Course desription HVK01G AU20 (77 Kb)

Course description HVK01G Spring VT21 (78 Kb)

  • Course structure

    The course consists of the following course units:

    Course Unit 1: Cultural Heritage and Its Narratives, 5 credits
    This unit discusses theoretical, practical and scientific approaches to Cultural Heritage Studies. Didactic, pedagogic, critical, and aesthetic perspectives on cultural heritage practices and narratives are presented and discussed. This includes basic terminology and examples of cultural heritage research.

    Course Unit 2: Cultural Heritage and Aesthetic Forms of Communication, 2,5 credits
    This unit discusses aesthetic forms of communication that can be used to develop the didactic, pedagogic, and critical dimensions and how they intersect with cultural heritage and different target groups. This knowledge will be applied in practical assignments and an examination that aims at presenting and reflecting on a cultural heritage practices for a specific target group.

    Teaching format

    Distance, no compulsory meetings. 

    Grading Criteria

    HVK01G Grading Criteria (eng) (440 Kb)


    The course unit Cultural Heritage and Its Narratives, 5 credits is examined on the basis of:
    - an individual written assignment in the form of a take-home examination

    The course unit Cultural Heritage and Aesthetic Forms of Communication, 2,5 credits is examined on the
    basis of:
    - a logbook of the project process
    - an aesthetic representation of a chosen cultural heritage for a specific target group


    Professor Anja Kraus:

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Instruction is net-based.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

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    Professor Anja Kraus: