What is culture? How does it develop? How is it affected by diversity and heritage? Get answers with this program of flexible courses that covers everything from European identities to the impact of diversity on cities, to how cultures can become brands.
You will examine the concept of ‘culture’ by exploring practices, at local, national and transnational level. You will also work on case studies to illustrate how culture and cultural diversity more specifically can offer innovative solutions to many challenges.
Courses under this program:
Course 1: Cultural Heritage and the City
-Discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage.
Course 2: Cultures and Identities in Europe
-What does it mean to be European? Discover European cultures, identities and policies with this course.
Course 3: Cultural Diversity and the City
-Discover how cities can develop a distinct heritage through embracing cultural diversity.
Cultural heritage is usually discussed in national or religious terms: we speak of Italian culture, Greek civilization, Islamic art, and so on. But today cities are creating their own heritage through museums, galleries, markets of artistic goods, and urban networks. Cities project themselves as cultural hubs representing and connecting entire regions, for example Doha and the UAE, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Los Angeles and North America.
Using these and other examples, through this course you’ll explore exactly what is meant by urban cultural heritage and key concepts related to it.
This course is for anyone interested in cultural heritage and cities, but it might be of particular interest to students of archaeology, sociology, and related subjects; urban practitioners like planners and community activists; or cultural heritage professionals like those working in tourism.
Get a greater understanding of Europe and its people
What is European identity? What do we understand and promote as European culture? On this course you will answer these questions and others as you critically consider the formation of diverse identities and cultures in Europe.
You will explore fundamental European policies on culture, creativity and the media, and shed light on the importance of memories and shared heritage. You will also look at the policy behind European cultural and media industries and question current approaches to cultural creativity that rely heavily on economics.
This course is for anyone interested in European culture, but will be of particular interest to those working in the arts, culture and heritage.
Understand the importance of cultural diversity to the thriving city
Cities all over the world have embraced cultural and religious diversity, creating unique heritages. On this course you will investigate both ‘old’ and ‘new’ diversities in city heritage in four different continents.
You will look at cities with a divisive heritage (Bristol as a slave port) and a post-migration heritage (such as Cologne in Germany). You will will also look at major post-colonial urban centres and how they used cultural diversity to revitalise inner city areas. You will also consider those cities that turn diversity into a branding tool, like Singapore or Doha.
This course is for anyone interested in the cultures of cities, but will be of particular interest to those working in the arts, culture and heritage.