Disciplinary Elective Course
Students in this course examine the various UNESCO’s World Heritage Listings in a range of countries in the Asian region. The cultural, commercial and political aspects of World Heritage processes are explored. Students develop an understanding of the contemporary significance of ‘tradition’ in the formation of contemporary national identity as it is performed on an international stage. It examines the challenges in managing, operating and protecting world heritage (environmental, historical and intangible) as well as the associated political (domestic and international) disputes that surround each heritage item. Students also explore the historical and cultural value of each listing.