2 World Heritage
This course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in identifying and listing sites. It identifies and discusses with exemplification the major conventions and protocols affecting World Heritage. It shows how World Heritage expanded from cultural to natural and other sites, as well as embracing landscapes, and intangible and industrial heritages. It provides case studies of New Lanark as industrial heritage, Bath and Edinburgh as World Heritage Cities, and the Tarragona archaeological and historical ensemble as a driver of economic change in the development of cultural tourism. It discusses many issues about World Heritage, some of which are essentially political but also affected by Eurocentric or pro-western cultural norms that are rapidly being challenged by more inclusive views and strategies designed to promote more representative heritages than the previous canon encompassed. This course provides an overview and description of the function of World Heritage.