Living Heritage and Sustainable Development
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.
By joining the course learners are invited to rethink development from a culture perspective!
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
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 Intangible Cultural Heritage and other related UNESCO conventions
Communities and their intangible cultural heritage
- Chapter 1: Who are the communities?
- Chapter 2: Why are communities at the centre of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding?
- Chapter 3: Community participation
- Chapter 4: Community-based approaches
Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
- Chapter 1: Transmission and safeguarding
- Chapter 2: Safeguarding measures
- Chapter 3: Inventories and safeguarding plans
- Chapter 4: Ethics in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
Intangible cultural heritage and gender
- Chapter 1: Intangible cultural heritage shapes gender identities
- Chapter 2: Dynamic gender roles - dynamic living heritage
- Chapter 3: Gender-responsive approaches to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
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
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
Intangible cultural heritage for building a sustainable future for humanity
Course delivery details
This course is offered through SDG Academy, a partner institute of EdX.
2-4 hours per week
- Verified Track -$49
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Knowledge about living heritage and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage;
- The role of communities in keeping their heritage alive;
- The relationship between intangible cultural heritage safeguarding and relevant development areas such as gender equality, cultural diversity and creativity, education, health, income generation and natural disasters and peacebuilding;
- The interdependence between the safeguarding of living heritage and sustainable development;
- Communities’ experiences of safeguarding their living heritage for sustainable development in diverse cultural contexts.
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