Summer School - Cultural Heritage: Issues of National Identity, Cultural Tourism and Education

Course

Cultural Heritage: Issues of national identity, cultural tourism and education is a Summer School initiative at UCL University College’s Campus in Jelling in cooperation with the University of South Eastern Norway (USN). The 5 ECTS course (BA-level) is a one week Summer School in the town of Jelling in August 2021 combined with e-learning activities before and after the stay in Jelling.

The course will give participants tools, knowledge and skills concerning cultural heritage which can be applied in a comprehensive and reflexive way in future studies or professional work. The course content will focus on cultural heritage, including its definitions, manifestations, and use.

The course will particularly discuss cultural heritage in relation to four key topics: 1) general and cross-cutting issues concerning cultural heritage, 2) the relationship between cultural heritage and identity/national identity, 3) the relationship between cultural heritage and cultural tourism/destination development, and 4) the relationship between cultural heritage and education/pedagogy.

Please notice:

Start date: 16 August 2021 (on-campus activities).

9 August 2021 (one week preparation for the on campus course). There will be literature studies and a preparation assignments to be completed before the on-campus activities begin on 16 August. The  preparation activities will though be accessible in July.

End date:

20 August for the on-campus activities

27 August for the online activities (assessment deadline)

Possible Combinations

This course can stand alone as a Summer School for 5 ECTS.

It can also be combined with:

Target Group

The course is open for all interested participants, and is especially suited for students or professionals with interest in in a cross-disciplinary approach to cultural heritage (its relation to national identity, cultural tourism and education) and in hands-on involvement of cultural heritage in your work/study.

The course can be particularly relevant for bachelor or master students of Education and Pedagogy, Social Work and Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as for Tourism and Event students and professionals.

Purpose

The course will give participants tools, knowledge and skills related to cultural heritage, which can be applied in a comprehensive and reflexive way in future studies or professional work. The course content will focus on cultural heritage, including its definitions, manifestations, and use. In particular, the course will discuss cultural heritage in relation to four key topics:

  1. general and cross-cutting issues concerning cultural heritage,
  2. the relationship between cultural heritage and identity/national identity,
  3. the relationship between cultural heritage and cultural tourism/destination development, and
  4. the relationship between cultural heritage and education/pedagogy.

The summer school will take a comprehensive approach on cultural heritage that encompasses both a tourism, identity and educational perspective on the subject.

The comprehensive approach is meant to mirror the situation in the cultural heritage and educational sector where museums increasingly is 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 means to strengthen children’s competencies and personal development. Thus, also students in teaching will benefit from knowledge of cultural heritage and the cultural heritage sector.

Marie Bonde Olesen International Coordinator

Teaching Methods

All teaching and counselling is in oral and written English.

Prior to the on-campus summer school week, the participants will work individually or in groups with literature studies and a minor initial assignment regarding cultural heritage from their local communities. The assignment must be submitted before the first day of the on-campus course and will be included in and reflected upon during the course.

The on-campus week in August will consist of group work, lectures and visits to cultural heritage sites in (the south western part of) Denmark. Afterwards the participants will work individually or in groups on an assessment.

Specialisation is possible both through the initial work, parts of the on-campus week and with the assessment, in a self-chosen subject area.

Conditions

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

  • Participate actively in all parts of the course - studying the basic course material, doing the initial assignment, participating in the one-week on-campus course in August and submit the assessment for evaluation.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion candidates must have:

General competencies:

  • basic competence in cooperation with heritage professionals, public sector and civil society for tourism and/or the education sector.
  • basic competence in identifying and using relevant cultural heritage sites or objects in one’s daily profession
  • acquiring basic skills pertaining to life-long learning about cultural heritage 

Objective:

  • Group activities, group work in mixed student groups; use of visual media, such as video documentation, will be included as well.
  • The on-campus week will include outdoor, onsite learning activities at the Jelling Monuments.
  • Excursion(s) to other cultural heritage sites in Denmark are planned. These activities will occur away from the campus, and will often be outdoors.
  • Social and/or cultural activities throughout the week (extra-curricular) in Jelling, in the local area and at the campus in Jelling.

Knowledge:

  • basic knowledge of concepts, perspectives, and types of cultural heritage and their institutions (formal and informal).
  • basic knowledge of processes affecting the understanding, conservation, use and impact of cultural heritage (like globalisation, climate change, sustainability issues, etc.).
  • basic knowledge of a selection of cultural heritage and/or cultural heritage sites, their history and development.
  • thorough knowledge of uses of cultural heritage in relation to personal and group identity (like national identity), the education system, and the economy (cultural tourism/destination development).

Skills:

  • basic skills in reflecting upon cultural heritage as a source of identity-making for oneself and others, intercultural conflict, injustice, inequality, and for improving intercultural dialogue and understanding.
  • comprehensive skills in cultural heritage communication, both orally, written and digitally in relation to different types of audiences and groups of the population (including children and youth).

Workload: 

  • 137,5 student working hours in total over a three week period, including the on-campus week.
  • The workload is based on the following: initial work with literature studies and creative assignment, one-week intensive on-campus course (16 -20 August), followed by an assessment for evaluation.
  • There will be language and cultural activities throughout the week.

Examination

The exchange student must hand in a group or individual assignment containing reflections upon themes and issues of the course. Deadline for this is 27 August 2021.

Bachelor exchange students:

As basis for the evaluation, students must prepare an assignment, which consists of two interrelated parts:

  • A written part, which can be prepared individually, in pairs or in groups of three; (the individual written assignment should be between 4-6 pages (2.400 characters  pr. page), pairs  (6-8 pages), groups (8-10 pages)
  • A creative part, which must be accessible online.

The documentation must contain participants reflections regarding theoretic and practical relations between the modules main themes (cultural heritage, education and pedagogy, tourism and economy). It is not a requirement that all main themes are dealt with equally. A specialisation can occur based on the participant’s interests, educational background and/or job.

The module will be evaluated with a passed/failed denotation.

Master students: The assessment criteria for master students from USN will be stipulated separately upon acceptance to the summer school by USN.