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.