The Program is worth a total of 60 credits (CFU - Crediti Formativi Universitari), for a total amount of 1.500 hours, divided as follows:
- 572 hours of on-campus lectures and distance learning
- 928 hours of Individual Study and Final test.
All activities will be in English.
Course contents and methodology
Through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and best practices analisys, the selected participants will acquire competences and methodologies on:
- in-depth knowledge on the international legal framework for protecting cultural properties and natural protected areas, combatting cultural crimes, and ensuring the rights of access to culture, to better understand duties of governments, citizens, communities and non-governmental organizations;
- knowledge and tools for understanding and assessing the physical damages and the cultural, social and economic losses caused by the crisis;
- comprehension of the potential of culture in addressing and managing the post-conflict or post-disaster reconstruction, with specific reference to the role of the culture capital and locally based knowledge and creativity in the social and economic recovery of affected communities;
- unique insights into the policies and tools of UNESCO, other international organizations operating in the field as well as international cooperation schemes;
- knowledge about the most advanced ICT’s applied to emergency scenarios.
The course consists in a mix of lectures, exercises and study visits, and is divided into 6 learning modules (click on the following menu items):
1. The law of international protection of cultural heritage
- Introduction to the international rules protecting the cultural heritage
- International humanitarian law and the protection of cultural heritage
- The role of international criminal justice
- The contribution of human rights law (the construction of the protection of cultural heritage as a human right)
- The role, duties and responsibilities of peace support operations and, more in general, of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
- Law and policies for combatting heritage crimes and illicit traffic Anti-Money Laundering
2. The economics of cultural heritage
- Assessing damages and lossess in crisis scenarios
- Cultural heritage and creativity as engine for recovery and local development
- Eenvironmental and climate change related security issues
- Disaster forecast and prevention of natural catastrophes
- Supporting recovery, social safety and economic growth through job creation
- Place reputation and tourism
- Building Back Better strategy to enhance physical and social resilience to emergencies
- Social and economic recovery in post-conflict and post-disaster scenarios
- Capacity building for post crisis recovery
3. The politics of cultural heritage protection
- Conflict management, State building and Cultural Property Protection
- Thinking the “enemy”: a path to the theory of politics
- Annihilating the enemy: the War of Destruction and the Western Perspective
- International Operations and Visions of the West: case studies
- Politics, heritage and conservation in the Mediterranean and in the Middle-East
- UE, soft power and protection of cultural property: a political and institutional perspective
4. A sociological approach to the protection of cultural heritage
- The Sociology of Cultural Heritage: general Theories and Practices
- Cultural Heritage and Environmental goods (landscape, urban areas, historic environment) in conflict and war contexts: different meanings and uses and socio-cultural diversity in traditional, pre-modern and modern societies
- Cultural heritage and cultural identity in emergency situations: Property protection in a local and/or global perspective
- Intercultural Negotiation: language and behavioral patterns in conflict situations
- Intercultural dialogue and cooperation
5. Information management
- Tools for mapping and data management
- Digital Humanities and electronic resources for Cultural Property Protection
- The role of ICT’ s in prevention, emergency response and recovery process
- Accessibility to information through internet and emerging technologies
- Cyber security situation awareness
6. Management of cultural heritage protection
The course includes a special module dedicated to Project Management, aimed at transferring to the participants capacities to draft a project work related to intervening in emergency and post-emergency scenarios, according to the most advanced methodologies from international agencies.
- Marketing applied to cultural resources
- Culture related disaster management
- Insurance management
- Crisis and Risk Management applied to cultural resources
Download the study plan in pdf format.
Seminars and Special Lectures
During the on-campus phase of the Master, besides lectures and other activities, there is a series of seminars, open to the Master's participants and to public, held by experts in the fields of cultural property protection, and organized in parnership with the Italian National Commission for UNESCO.
The following seminars have been organized during the first edition of the International Master Course (2018/2019):
The Rebirth of Heritage After Wars And Devastations
In collaboration with the Royal Museums of Turin.
First Aid on Cultural Heritage in Time Of Crisis
In collaboration with the Superintendence of Piedmont Region.
The Carabinieri Cultural Protection Command: National and International Commitment
In collaboration with the Moncalieri Castle.
Investing in Cultural Heritage to Enhance Physical and Social Resilience
In collaboration with the National Historical Museum of Artillery of Turin.
The Italian Army Experience in Kosovo
Fight Against Illicit Traffic and Emergency Response to Crisis Situation
In collaboration with the Centre for Conservation and Restoration “La Venaria Reale”.
The course program includes a series of study visits to museums, institutions and organizations that collaborate with the Master.
The participants of the first edition visited some of the most important museums and institutions at the local level, including: the Royal Museums of Turin, Palazzo Madama, the Museo Egizio of Turin, the Italian Center for Photography - CAMERA, the Royal Residence of Venaria, the Centre for Conservation and Restoration "La Venaria Reale", the National Historical Museum of Artillery, Palazzo Chiablese and the Castle of Moncalieri.
The program of activities might be subject to changes. Other special lectures and seminars might be organized during the course.