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Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free


Explore the impact of tourism on the conservation of our world heritage sites

On this course, you’ll discover the legal frameworks, processes, and practices used to identify and manage world heritage sites.

You’ll build interdisciplinary knowledge on concepts that affect cultural heritage and tourism such as power, globalisation, authenticity, commodification, and representation.

As you work through case studies from Asia and around the world, you’ll critically examine contemporary issues in cultural and heritage site tourism management.

You’ll also be introduced to current debates within heritage and tourism studies that explore how and why tourists engage with heritage.

What topics will you cover?

  • Week One: Cultural Tourism: Definitions and Concepts

  • Week Two: Mixed Heritage and Cultural Heritage Categories

  • Week Three: Heritage System: Managing and Safeguarding World Heritage Sites

  • Week Four: Cultural Landscapes: Meanings, Values, Assessment, Documentation

  • Week Five: Sustainable Indigenous Tourism

  • Week Six: Affect and Emotion in Heritage Tourism

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in cross-cultural tourism research and the protection of world cultural heritage.

You may be interested in the UNESCO world heritage program, improving tourists’ experience of world heritage sites, and promoting the conservation of world heritage.

Who developed the course?

Nankai University

The college of Tourism and Service Management occupies its own building with a hotel nearby. It has about 500 undergraduate and 185 postgraduate students with 38 academic staff and 38 support staff.