GE2114 Anthropology and World Heritage

Course Aims

This course introduces critical analysis of world heritage sites through the perspective of anthropology, an increasingly important discipline in the humanities and social sciences. Drawing on ethnography, policy analysis, and social theories, this course aims to offer an informed understanding of the existence of a global heritage-scape. It provides a detailed yet expansive look at cultural tourism, historic preservation, and the UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. In order to reflect on the underlying international politics of protecting cultural and natural diversity around the globe, this course examines the social, cultural, and ethical dimensions of heritage research and practice engaged by archaeologists, heritage professionals, museum curators, and the general public.

Medium of Instruction: English