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The Global Politics of Heritage

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: SA2234 | Sustainability related
Spring 2021
100% Day
Period: 25 March 2021 - 6 June 2021
2 Opens 15 September GU-26451
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

An extraordinarily diverse array of places, practices, and objects fall under the rubric ‘heritage’ today: the Galapagos Islands, Belgian beer culture, Cambodia’s killing fields, nuclear waste, and vintage cars, to give a few examples. In this course, we examine how heritage catalyzes the global circulation and connection of people, money, objects, and ideas. Seemingly about the past, heritage has emerged as a powerful global phenomenon that fundamentally reconfigures the way we think about the world and our place in it. Designating, memorializing, and maintaining heritage is central to the operations of governance, whether through influential global institutions like UNESCO, private funding organizations like the Global Heritage Fund and the Nature Conservancy, or grassroots advocacy groups. Heritage has become a socio-political and economic tool for communities, businesses, and governments, yet it also has enormous emotional power, deeply engaging senses of belonging, continuity, and identity.  In this course we investigate how heritage is used for exclusion and domination, social justice and reconciliation, and imagining alternative and sustainable futures.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A completed core course of 15 higher education credits in the second cycle within the field of global studies. Alternatively a completed undergraduate degree in the humanities or social sciences, or the equivalent competence. Language requirements: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, or alternatively a bachelor's degree from an education held in English.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

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Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

Course that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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