Heritage protection in urban conflicts (Summer School)

Course content

During this summer school in Copenhagen, students from around the world get an opportunity to learn and discuss the practical solutions to the main risks to cultural heritage in modern urban conflict, giving them the tools to formulate their own research-project on this issue.

This course will focus on the humanitarian issue of ensuring the effective protection of our common cultural heritage during armed conflict, as well as the various actors at play in securing its enforcement. The course will first provide an historical and theoretical overview of the longstanding relationship between culture and conflict and key literature on cultural rights, after which it will delve into the practical application of international law on the protection of cultural heritage, particularly in the context of armed conflict.

Benefiting from teaching and public talks from key practitioners in the field of heritage protection, students will develop a strong understanding of the role of various parties such as the UN, UNESCO, NATO, as well as other military forces in the implementation of safeguarding measures during both peacetime and armed conflict, particularly via the harnessing of civil society. The course will also focus on how heritage professionals and academics are attempting to instill in the military mindset, the humanitarian importance of cultural heritage protection, and ensure it becomes and remains an integral part of military operational planning. As a group, we will consider the main challenges the heritage community face in ensuring active global implementation of heritage protection during peacetime and armed conflict, and consider practical solutions for these problems.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have chosen to convert the summer school into an online course. The course will still take place on the same dates as originally (3 August – 14 August 2020). The course will be a mix of live streaming sessions, tutorials, virtual tours and pre-recorded activities. We will strive to ensure that the students will still get plenty of opportunity to interact with each other, the professors giving lectures, and the course directors.

Education
  • Programme curriculum for the Master’s elective study in Global Urban Studies, 2019 curriculum

 

 

Learning outcome

The Bachelor’s elective study in Global Urban Studies, 2019 (Bachelortilvalget i Globale Bystudier, 2019-ordningen):
BA: Specialized Urban Topic C,  7.5 ECTS (Activity code HTÆB10261E)

MA Elective in Global Urban Studies, 2019
(Kandidattilvalget i Globale Bystudier, 2019-ordningen):
MA: Specialized Urban Topic C ,  7.5 ECTS (Activity code HTÆK13041E)

ACADEMIC TARGETS 

The module will give the student:

Knowledge and understanding of

  • Theoretical and historical discourses on the relationship between culture and conflict and what this relationship looks like in modern warfare;
  • The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its practical application;
  • Specific theories and discourses on the role of the military in the protection of CP;
  • The role of key international organisations such as UNESCO in the protection of CP;
  • The main challenges the heritage community face in ensuring active global implementation of CPP during peacetime and armed conflict.

 

Skills in

  • Researching and discussing the key developments and differences in how culture is utilized across historical and modern conflicts;
  • Strategically identify key Articles from the 1954 Hague Convention and developing arguments for and against their effectiveness when it comes to their practical application during peacetime and armed conflict;
  • Identifying and discussing the various roles of key parties involved in the implementation of CPP in the context of armed conflict;
  • Disseminating research-based knowledge about theoretical and practical discourse relating to the protection of CP in the context of armed conflict to a specialist and non-specialist audience, such as the military.

 

Competences in

  • Generating knowledge on the theoretical, legislative and practical enforcement of CPP during modern armed conflicts;
  • Applying document analysis to different forms of texts, such as international legislation, policy, UN Security Council Resolutions and the surrounding commentary; 
  • Formulating a research problem, applying relevant theoretical framework and methodology and designing an independent research process;
  • Critical reflection on past and current challenges in the protection of CP in armed conflict and the ability to strategize practical solutions.

The programme consists of lectures and talks by scholars and practitioners of standing; seminars and group tutorials run by the summer school team; and numerous workshops, field trips and fieldwork assignments

A reading list will be specified for accepted students by May. It is expected that students read all the required text material before the summer school.

This course will be taught in English, therefore good English skills are required. Both Bachelor's and Master’s students are eligible to apply to this course. Prospective students with a background in History of Art, Archaeology, History, Criminology, Law and Policy, Sociology, Politics, and War Studies with an interest in cultural heritage are encouraged to apply.

SUITABLE CANDIDATES FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL
Both Bachelor's and Master’s are eligible to apply to this course. Prospective students with a background in History of Art, Archaeology, History, Criminology, Law and Policy, Sociology, Politics, and War Studies with an interest in cultural heritage are encouraged to apply. The course is open to Danish as well as to international students. If you are concerned whether this course is right for you, please contact Joanne Dingwall McCafferty - mccafferty@hum.ku.dk.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 124,25
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • English
  • 206,25