Length Length

6 modules, accessible at any time

Effort Effort

2-4 hours per week

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

UNESCO's 2003 CONVENTION
for the

SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

UNESCO's 2003 CONVENTION
COMMUNITIES AT THE CENTER
of the

SAFEGUARDING OF LIVING HERITAGE

COMMUNITIES AT THE CENTER
ENSURING TRANSMISSION
to

FUTURE GENERATIONS

ENSURING TRANSMISSION
INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
is closely linked to

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

Overview

This course is self-paced – you can enroll immediately and complete the course materials at any time before August 31, 2022.

How is intangible cultural heritage – or ‘living heritage’ – related to sustainable development? How is it relevant for addressing today’s development challenges in areas such as health, education, gender, natural disasters and conflict? Why is it important to keep this heritage alive? Communities around the world are transmitting their living heritage, which gives meaning to their lives, strengthens resilience, and contributes to their well-being. In this way intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development are closely linked. The international community made a commitment to safeguarding living heritage when it adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003 and it set itself ambitious goals by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This course helps to understand the connections between the two.

By taking this course students and other interested learners and professionals will gain a better understanding of intangible cultural heritage and its relationships with sustainable development, exploring examples and experiences of communities from around the world.

This MOOC was developed by UNESCO in collaboration with the International Information and Networking Centre in Asia and the Pacific under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP) and the SDG Academy. It brings together a diverse group of lead experts in the field of intangible cultural heritage and development who collaborated closely with the UNESCO Chair for Research on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diversity of the National Autonomous University of Mexico as lead faculty to develop the content of this course. The course draws on their longstanding expertise, the experiences of communities engaged in transmitting their living heritage and ten years of implementing UNESCO’s global capacity building programme for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.

By joining the course learners are invited to rethink development from a culture perspective!

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Activities
  • Quizzes 

Lead Faculty

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    Cristina Amescua Chávez

    National Autonomous University of Mexico

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    Ahmed Skounti

    National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage Sciences of Morocco

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    Anna Wai Yu Yau

    The University of Hong Kong

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    Deirdre Prins-Solani

    UNESCO Global Network of Facilitators

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    Harriet Deacon

    University of South Africa

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    Lucas dos Santos Roque

    UNESCO Global Network of Facilitators

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    Marc Jacobs

    University of AntwerpVrije Universiteit Brussel

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    Martín Andrade-Pérez

    Erigaie Foundation

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    Neel Kamal Chapagain

    Ahmedabad University

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    Nigel Encalada

    Belize National Institute of Culture and History

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    Rahul Goswami

    UNESCO Global Network of Facilitators

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    Sangmee Bak

    Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

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    Tiago de Oliveira Pinto

    University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar

This course is for

Anyone new to the concept of intangible cultural heritage who wants to understand what intangible cultural heritage is, why it is important to people’s wellbeing and what role it plays in the lives of people, including young people;

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of sustainability and global issues;

Key actors engaged in the field of sustainable development at a local, regional or international level , including those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility and who want to understand the relationship between intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development;

Practitioners and professionals engaged in living heritage safeguarding , who want to refresh their knowledge on the key concepts of safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and want to learn more about the relationship between living heritage and sustainable development.

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course is self-paced. All course components are available now and can be completed at any time that is convenient for the students. Please note that this course is not facilitated by a course team. We encourage students to engage with one another via the discussion forum. Any specific questions can be sent to the SDG Academy team at courses@sdgacademy.org.

Certificates

Learners who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by the course instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: What is intangible cultural heritage?

Chapter 1: Intangible cultural heritage as living heritage

Chapter 2: Key concepts of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Chapter 3: The Convention’s Lists and Register

Chapter 4: The Convention for the Safeguarding of the ICH and other related UNESCO conventions

Module 2: Communities and their intangible cultural heritage

Chapter 1: Who are the communities?

Chapter 2: Intangible cultural heritage as the living heritage of communities

Chapter 3: Community participation

Chapter 4: Community-based approaches

Module 3: Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

Chapter 1: The concepts of transmission and safeguarding

Chapter 2: Safeguarding measures

Chapter 3: Inventories and safeguarding plans

Chapter 4: Ethics in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

Module 4: Intangible cultural heritage and gender

Chapter 1: Intangible cultural heritage shapes gender identities

Chapter 2: Gender roles and relations evolve

Chapter 3: Gender-responsive approaches to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

Module 5: Intangible cultural heritage for sustainable livelihoods and inclusive social development

Chapter 1: Intangible cultural heritage and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Chapter 2: Intangible cultural heritage and education

Chapter 3: Intangible cultural heritage and health

Chapter 4: Intangible cultural heritage and income generation

Chapter 5: Intangible cultural heritage, food security and agriculture

Module 6: Intangible cultural heritage for resilience, environmental sustainability and peacebuilding

Chapter 1: Intangible cultural heritage, natural disasters and climate change

Chapter 2: Intangible cultural heritage in conflict-related emergency situations

Chapter 3: Intangible cultural heritage and preventing and solving disputes

Conclusion: Intangible cultural heritage for building a sustainable future for humanity