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The ethics of cultural heritage
The ethics of cultural heritage

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the role which cultural heritage plays in our society, and some of the ways in which it can be beneficial or important to us

  • examine and apply the rules of the Hague Convention of 1954 (on protecting heritage in war) in both real and hypothetical examples

  • recognise occasions where we might face a dilemma between preventing damage to heritage and preventing harm to human beings and explore the challenges involved in comparing these competing priorities

  • analyse some of the key arguments given for and against heritage protection in such circumstances

  • connect these arguments to case studies, such as the Notre-Dame fire in 2019, the destruction of Palmyra in 2015, and the bombing of Monte Cassino in the Second World War.