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Heritage & Governance




Admissions requirements

This course is an elective open to Bachelors students from all disciplines. It complements all Majors that LUC offers but is not a part of any Major or Minor.


The elective course in Heritage and Governance provides students with the tools and knowledge to understand the most important concepts, global trends and challenges in heritage governance today. Heritage policies have become increasingly internationalised in recent decades. From the protection of World Heritage to the illicit trafficking of cultural objects, to international criminal liability for heritage crimes; contemporary policies dealing with heritage are tackled through a variety of multi-level governance mechanisms. Through an examination of international cultural heritage law, global governance mechanisms, and concrete case studies (Syria, Mali), this course provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and trends in the field of cultural heritage governance at the international level. Students will develop an understanding of the role played by international organisations in heritage governance, as well as the international legal and policy framework dealing with heritage protection and how this affects the tasks of national and local administrations on the ground. What are the various policies influencing cultural heritage governance globally? How are the universal and specific reconciled through global approaches to heritage? What about heritage governance in times of conflict? How can disputes be resolved through non-legal means? These are just some of the questions addressed by this course.

Course objectives

At the end of the course students will:

  • Evaluate the role of international law and international organisations in heritage governance

  • Describe and explain the main challenges in heritage governance today

  • Reflect on one’s own position with regard to these challenges

  • Exercise research skills for analyzing the role of heritage governance in crisis situations/disputes


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

This course is taught through lectures and discussion. Active participation in class is expected. Before each class students are required to have read the essential materials and provide a short commentary on the discussion points asked. These comments are turned in at the beginning of the class.


  • Weekly comments (1 A4), on two questions about the papers distributed for reading (30%)

  • Participation in class (15%)

  • Written examination (40%)

  • Class presentation (15%)


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list



This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


For queries please contact Dr Amy Strecker:


Students must have carefully read the literature prescribed for each class and have answered the discussion points on the readings. This is essential in order to be able to participate fully.