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Heritage under Threat – Join the free course on the protection of cultural heritage!

Learn about the threats to cultural heritage and what we you do to protect heritage.

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This course is sponsored by the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Honours Academy of Leiden University. The Netherlands Commission for UNESCO gave its support to the course.

In this MOOC you will learn about what defines cultural heritage and reflect on your own perception and concepts of cultural heritage. At the end of the course you will be able to answer questions like: What is your heritage? Who defines heritage? Why is heritage under threat? How can we protect heritage?

You will explore how socio-economic inequalities and colonial pasts play a key role in the global heritage discussion and you will discuss approaches to valorization and protection of heritage.

You will learn about the complexity of issues related to threats to cultural heritage such as wars, the war-on-terror, migration, global warming, inequality and the diverse interests of local communities.

The 4 weeks course, which is taught entirely in English, is facilitated by Dr. Sada Mire, Assistant Professor at the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development and offered by the University Leiden, one of Europe’s foremost research Universities.

What learners said about the course:

“Heritage Under Threat is not only a great introduction to a range of heritage issues, but also a superb jumping off point for critiquing heritage practices and considering alternative approaches. The course features discussions from wide range of experts with a diversity of opinions on heritage, which combined with the dialogue with your varied classmates, makes for a fascinating learning experience.”

“It is a great introduction to what heritage is, what risks it faces, why some would say it is not under threat, and how it can be protected by different segments of society.”

Although the course contents are available for free, you have the opportunity to opt-in for a paid verified certificate accredited by the University Leiden. You can start with the course instantly and learn at your own schedule

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