Courses and Academics

Course Modules

Week 1: Heritage and Society – with Professor Tim Winter, Deakin University

Introduction to the program covering basics such as: what is Cultural Heritage, why it’s important, and key trends in international discourses surrounding cultural – intangible heritage, development, sustainability, empowerment, etc. This session will also include an overview of how cultural heritage is viewed and managed.
Week 2: Working with Communitieswith Dr. Keiko Miura, Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation
Cultural heritage is intrinsically linked to the communities within which it exists – locally, nationally, and/or globally. It is through those communities that such sites are ascribed meaning and significance. A single heritage site can have different and varying meanings and significance to different groups. This section will examine the complexities of managing heritage sites within communities and key issues that can arise when faced with competing priorities and narratives as they relate to cultural heritage.
Week 3: Planning for Heritage and Tourism Part I – with Dr. Sharif Shams Imon, Assistant Professor, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao and Hong Kong University
International tourism growth is at an all time high. Some of the most popular tourism destinations are heritage sites. Tourism at heritage sites can have a number of positive and negative effects on both the sites themselves as well on the local communities. Establishing successful strategies for planning and managing heritage and tourism is complex. This section will examine current issues related to heritage and tourism and critical issues related to heritage conservation within the context of tourism.
Week 4: Planning for Heritage and Tourism Part II – with Dr. Neel Kamal Chapagain, Assistant Professor, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University
In part II of this section we will examine issues related to planning for heritage and tourism from a practical ‘on-the-ground’ perspective. This will include site visits, difficult heritage/atrocity tourism, examination of impacts of mass tourism on heritage sites, commodification, and rapid urban development, and a number of other topics.
 Week 5: Heritage for Sustainable Development – with Dr. Wantanee Suntikul, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University
This session will identify key trends in international heritage as it moves towards sustainability and sustainable development. This will serve as the key foundation for an Integrated approach to heritage management.
Week 6: Creating a Master Plan – planning at heritage sites
This module will provide students the opportunity to design a heritage management, training, and/or research plan for a heritage site in Cambodia. Students will be broken up into project teams. Utilizing the concepts from the five previous modules, each team will conduct research, consult with local/national authorities, and work with Faculty to create and present a project plan for their proposed project at a final symposium.


Academic Expectations

IHP’s goal is to create an academic atmosphere that encourages the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and values and allows students to learn and collaborate in a collegial environment. All students are expected to actively participate in the courses, field research, and residential life. The program requires students to work with their peers from local towns and from around the world, gaining exposure to new and different cultural values. Local residents will learn the tools necessary to effectively preserve their own country’s heritage, while non-residents will gain personal insight to local cultural meaning through an enriching interactive classroom environment. All students will learn international best practices. Pushing personal boundaries is necessarily part of the curriculum, but the IHP ethos is deeply rooted in respect and cultural sensitivity. The experience will be immersive and challenging, fueling memories for a lifetime.

The HMFP courses are rigorous and challenging. Students will be expected to actively participate in courses, fieldwork, group-work, research, and seminars. Students will need to demonstrate capacity and knowledge of theories and concepts covered in course work as well as the ability to transfer that knowledge to the practical application of those theories at heritage sites and within communities. All students must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently.

Students will be required to complete one essay per course. Additionally, all students will be required to work on a group project and a presentation at a closing symposium. Students will be graded on the quality of their work as well as overall participation.


Building Collaborative Communities

Each class of graduates will form the nucleus of a powerful alumni network of international collaborators. Over time, class after class, each team of faculty, each local cohort of staff, will be part of a productive, innovative movement toward positive change. While our students learn how to manage and preserve a heritage site, they will also be learning new ways to think about heritage and share in the intercultural exchange of ideas and values between classmates and the local communities. This will inform a deeper understanding of cultural heritage management as well as train students in the processes necessary for successfully managing a heritage site. Because the academic program is inherently inclusive, and class size limited, individual voices will be distinctive, but solving problems in teams and communicating across language and cultural barriers will be highly valued. Ultimately, IHP is introducing and molding the next generation of leaders who will protect and preserve the past to support a sustainable future.


Course Credits

This program does not carry academic credit; however, we will work with you if you petition your university/college for credit. We can supply supporting documentation and evaluation of your participation.

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