Cultural Heritage – a cross-disciplinary perspective: National Identity, Education & Pedagogy and Tourism & Economy

The summer school course is a BA-level course which aims to give participants a comprehensive approach to cultural heritage that encompasses both a tourism, museum and educational perspective on the subject.

Course description

The comprehensive approach is meant to mirror the situation in the cultural heritage and educational sector where museums increasingly are expected to facilitate tourism and not just disseminate history and where demands for sustainability and local partnerships increases the need for cultural heritage institutions to function in close connection with the local society. As for the educational sector, the approaches in the sector can be used to strengthen cultural heritage institutions outreach to children, family and schools. However, at least in Denmark, both the school and pre-school institutions are expected to use “culture” and cultural heritage as a means to strengthen children’s competencies and personal development. Thus, also student teachers will benefit from knowledge of cultural heritage and the cultural heritage sector.

The course is relevant for:

  • Teacher education and social education students
  • Students working with tourism, hospitality management and events
  • Students with an interest in cultural history, cultural heritage, cultural heritage education or national identity
  • Teachers and social educators
  • Professionals working with cultural heritage, tourism or cultural heritage education

The main course activity will be a full week Summer School in August. This will be combined with a pre summer school week assignment that will be based on the participant’s previous study or work, and a final assignment handed in after the Summer School week.

The overall theme of the course will be a comprehensive look at the three main subjects:

  • National identity
  • Education and pedagogy
  • Tourism and economy

Learning outcome

The course will give participants the tools, knowledge and skills that will enable them to approach the interplay between national identity, cultural heritage, tourism and education/pedagogy in a comprehensive and reflective way. It will furthermore enable them to use these competencies in their future studies or professional work.


Upon completion the participant will have gained:

  • Knowledge about relevant theories in the fields of national identity, tourism and cultural heritage education/pedagogy
  • Knowledge about relevant practical examples (cases) of interplay between two or more of the main course subjects
  • Knowledge about theories or other approaches that give a theoretical framework for understanding the interplay between national identity, tourism and cultural heritage education


Upon completion the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss and use relevant theories about national identity, tourism and cultural heritage education
  • Identify and explain examples of the interplay between national identity, tourism and cultural heritage education/pedagogy
  • Analyse how the interplay between national identity, tourism and cultural heritage education/pedagogy can be used professionally
  • Use their knowledge and understanding in their further studies or professional work

Teaching and working methods

Prior to the summer school week, students will work individually or in groups with literature studies and with the initial assignment. They will be able to consult with instructors during this period.

During the one-week course in August, work will consist of lectures, group work, seminars, visits to, and talks with, professionals working with the course subjects and a one-day field trip.

Afterwards the participants will work individually or in groups with their final assignment.

Possible specializations

Specialization is possible through the initial assignment and the final (graded) assignment. Both will be on a subject that the course participants chose themselves to reflect both their educational background and their special interests within the overall course theme.

Evaluation and how to pass

To pass the course, participants are required to participate actively in all parts of the course. This means to study the basic course material, do the initial assignment, participate in the one-week course in August and hand in the final assignment for evaluation.

Relation to practice

Upon completion, the participant will be able to use their knowledge and understanding in their further studies or professional work. During the one-week course the participant works with examples from practice, and visits a number of cultural heritage sites in relation to the overall themes national identity, cultural heritage, tourism and education/pedagogy.

The week in august will consist of the following activities

  1. Course introduction: lectures, student presentations and visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site Kongernes Jelling
  2. National Identity: focus on national identity via lectures, seminar on a selected case and talks with guest lecturers
  3. Tourism: lectures, visits and talks with tourism professionals from Vejle and Jelling and local actors from Jelling Festival
  4. One-day field trip to Dybbøl and Sønderborg with visits at relevant museums
  5. Education/pedagogy: education sector perspective on the theme and a special focus on smaller children. Visit to the Iron Age Center in Vingsted.
Studerende ved verdenskort
Marie Bonde Olesen
Marie Bonde Olesen Forskningsmedarbejder

The summer school is a BA-level course of 5 ECTS and is arranged by UCL in cooperation with The University of South Eastern Norway (USN).


August 10 to August 15 (week 33), 2020


Denmark, Jutland, Jelling


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Nearest airport Billund, Bus/Train to Jelling


Students - free of charge, non-students - 2950 DKK

Deadline for application:

June 1, 2020

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Marie Bonde Olesen,