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Cultural Heritage: Aesthetics, Learning and Reflexivity

Explore your interest in cultural heritage. The course is a distance course given in English.

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 description HVK01G Spring 2022 (76 Kb)

  • Course structure

    Once the course has started, the online learning platform Athena is used for information, assignments and submissions.


    This course consists of two modules:

    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.
    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

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars, excursions and group assignments. Attendance at seminars is mandatory.


    • The first module is examined on the basis of an individual written assignment in the form of a take-home examination.
    • The second module is examined on the basis of a logbook of the project process and an aesthetic representation of a chosen cultural heritage for a specific target group.

    Grading Criteria HVK01G valid from AU 2021 (126 Kb)


    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. All zoom-meetings in the schedule have mandatory attendance.

  • Course literature

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

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator
    Anja Kraus,

    Study Counsellor

    Student Affairs Office