The course will explore the key concepts and terminologies along with introducing critical discussions on; what is heritage, why does it matter, how do we value the past, who are the stakeholders in the process of defining heritage and what roles various people and organisations perform within it. The course will discuss the concepts of tangible, intangible, natural and living heritage. The discussion will illustrate the notions of ‘value’ and ‘significance’ associated with heritage and the ways in which this can inform the approaches to conserving and safeguarding it. Heritage is constantly evolving and becoming more inclusive and expansive over the course of time. Through this programme the students will be introduced to these changing ideas of heritage and the present-day discourses on the same.
Upon completion of this course the participants should be able to:
• Discuss the concept of ‘heritage’ and its diverse expressions
• Examine the notions of value and significance associated with heritage
• Discuss examples of various types of heritage
• Reflect on what is heritage in a multi-perspective manner