Cultural Heritage and National Identities

Course

Cultural Heritage and National Identities looks upon how our ideas of national identity, group identity and cultural heritage is closely interlinked in a relationship that is constantly reproducing itself through both the cultural heritage sector (museums), the education system (schools), our daily lives (material e.g. cultural landscapes, urban spaces, artefacts, monuments, buildings), and intangible and immaterial cultural heritage (e.g. traditions, behaviour and interpersonal approaches).

Possible Combinations

This module is offered in combination with 2 other modules at Campus Jelling:

for a full 30 ECTS semester.

Please note: This module has 3 weeks of embedded practice placement in the course period. As well, it is taken concurrently with the module “Learning through experiences and sense perception”. 

UCL University College reserves the right to cancel modules and/or suggest alternatives, if the number of enrolments warrants this.

Target Group

The module is relevant for university or university college students in the following fields: Teacher Education, Social Education, Early Childhood Education, Pedagogy and Outdoor Recreation Studies.

Students from other disciplines are welcome to contact the international coordinator to explore the possibility of enrolment in the module.

Purpose

Cultural Heritage and National Identities looks upon how our ideas of national identity, group identity and cultural heritage is closely interlinked in a relationship that is constantly reproducing itself through both the cultural heritage sector (museums), the education system (schools), our daily lives (material e.g. cultural landscapes, urban spaces, artefacts, monuments, buildings), and intangible and immaterial cultural heritage (e.g. traditions, behaviour and interpersonal approaches).

Cultural Heritage and National Identities can also be seen as imagined and constructed phenomena used for maintaining a conception of a community grounded in a common mother tongue, history, culture and sometimes in ideas justified in ethnicity.

Through the module, you will study and discuss theories about and get theoretical understanding of the concepts and use of cultural heritage and national identities and you will work with an ample number of practical examples on their interconnections in both a Danish context in other countries and in the context of international organizations (UNESCO, EU).

Marie Bonde Olesen
Marie Bonde Olesen International Coordinator

Brochure Teacher Education

General Information

Teaching Methods

All teaching and counselling is in oral and written English. Among others methods, students will experience and participate in

  • Classroom teaching
  • Seminars on various countries’ uses of cultural heritage (from students' own national perspective)
  • Dissemination projects with the UNESCO World Cultural heritage site “Kongernes Jelling” and/or H.C. Andersen (Odense)
  • Field studies in local museums
  • Analysing and comparing textbooks and other teaching materials
  • Analyse teaching materials and curriculums

Conditions

In order to complete the module and obtain a certificate, the student has to:

  • Create a product that satisfies fulfilment of aims and insight into both the common part as well as the specialized part. This could be a written assignment, a video presentation, a portfolio, creation of curricula/material, etc. 

Tuition Fee

Not applicable for EU/EEA-students and exchange students from partner institutions, all other students must pay. In this case, please send an e-mail to international@ucl.dk to learn more.

Course Description

Learning Outcomes

The module is equivalent to 10 ECTS with possibility of extension to 15 ECTS; see below.

The module is composed of common core content and self-chosen content, which offers the opportunity to organize the study in accordance with the interests of the participants.

It consists of two elements – a theoretical and comparative element – and an embedded practical element.  Thus, there is the possibility of extending the practical element for exchange students by 5 ECTS with the agreement of their home institution and UCL University College.

The student will gain knowledge or understanding of

  • both various institutional and scholarly definitions of and forms of cultural heritage (“classical”, intangible, traditions, immaterial etc.)
  • how conceptions of cultural heritage influence historical consciousness
  • the connection between cultural heritage and national identities
  • how cultural heritage and both national and other identities are interlinked
  • concrete examples of how the cultural heritage sector is used to strengthen identities in both Denmark and the students’ home country (-ries).

The student/participant can (examples – skills/competencies):

  • Discuss and use major theories about developments and conceptions of national identities and other identities (among other group and European identities) and their significance for different types of human communities
  • Explain why and how cultural heritage and (national) identities are materialized in bodies, things, buildings, monuments and so on and immaterial manifestations such as commemorative rituals, historical re-enactments
  • By using concrete examples explain why some things (and not other things) come to count as cultural heritage – including reasons for the general shift from the focus on elite cultural heritage (monuments, buildings, artefacts, arts and other objects, and intangible heritage and traditions) towards cultural heritages of ordinary people (e.g. growth of museumisation or heritagisation of everyday and folk life)
  • Explain connections and interaction between the shaping of memory (policy), cultural heritage and national/group identities – including new interpretation and deletion of cultural heritage
  • Analyse the use of cultural heritage in making/telling histories (about the past), including explain possible reasons for nostalgia – longing for the past – in (post)modern societies (selling the past, e.g. cultural heritage as elements (tourist gaze) in the tourism industry – inventing of traditions, re-enactments)
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse the interconnection between cultural heritage in its broadest sense, and various group identities
  • Understand and explain human behaviour and attitudes as both product of and producer of cultural heritage and historical consciousness
  • Use their understanding of the connection between cultural heritage and national identities in their profession or area of study
  • Be able to use cultural heritage reflexively and to be democratically responsible in the cultural heritage sector or the education sector
  • Be able to teach or disseminate knowledge and understanding to others

Embedded practice placement

  • Week 45, 46, 47, 2020
  • Field studies (practice) and/or observational placement in local museums or cultural institutions
  • In weeks 45, 46, and 47 the students will be observing, collecting data and/or applying knowledge in areas of interest and pertinent to their areas of specialization.

Examination

Examination

Creation of a product that satisfies fulfilment of aims and insight into both the common part as well as the specialized part. This could be a written assignment, a video presentation, a portfolio, creation of curricula/material, etc.

  • For every project, there is a possibility to put it into perspective/adapt it to one’s personal study and for Danish students to study it as an immersion module.
  • An oral exam or presentation of the aforementioned product
  • Students will receive the grade of pass/fail upon completion