• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Museums and Collections, Heritage Studies
  • Specialisation code INHC-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Academic Contact Dr Yujie Zhu
Intangible Cultural Heritage Specialisation

Intangible Cultural Heritage is a rapidly growing area within the broader domain of cultural heritage. Its essential importance is being recognised both internationally and nationally. In 2003 UNESCO passed the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage and in so doing explicitly acknowledged the value of forms of cultural knowledge such as performance, song, storytelling and dance, and the practices that underpin tangible artistic outcomes. Increasingly intangible heritage is seen as a fundamental and integral part of cultural heritage with its own particular challenges around the question of safeguarding. This specialisation is designed to meet the growing need for heritage practitioners and scholars to acquire an understanding of the key issues of intangible heritage in its various forms and to apply this knowledge within the areas of heritage management and museum practices.

Learning Outcomes

  1. analyse, research, reflect on and synthesise complex approaches to intangible cultural heritage, relevant public policy and heritage agencies and their relationships to societies

  2. evaluate significant debates, problems, controversies, concepts and theories pertinent to intangible cultural heritage

  3. develop critical understanding and engagement with the range of communities of interest in the intangible cultural heritage management process

  4. communicate and interpret knowledge and ideas of intangible cultural heritage to policymakers and to general and specialists heritage audiences

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s)

HUMN8035 Critical Issues in Intangible Heritage

 18 units from completion of the following course(s):

HUMN8034 Collaborative Storytelling and Cultural Production

HUMN8038 Oral History and Heritage Practice and Theory

HUMN8033 Tourism, Heritage and Globalization

HUMN8036 Who do we think we are? Using Archives and Special Collections

HUMN8037 - Culture and Heritage in China Field School

MUSC8006 - Indigenous Collections and Exhibitions 

MUSC8022 When Justice Goes to the Museum

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