Heritage Politics and Identity, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 25 March 2024

    End date: 2 June 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-01709 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Visby

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

This course primarily covers aspects of social and cultural sustainability and focuses on cultural heritage as a political power in relation to identity and belonging. The course provides you with a better understanding of the complex relationships between cultural heritage and people in a society, especially those relationships involving authority and power. It will also provide you with tools for unpacking these complexities through critical approaches to heritage and conservation, as expressed in contemporary debates and exemplified by case studies from different parts of the world.

During the course, you will encounter heritage in relation to nationalism, colonialism and postcolonialism. Special emphasis is given to balancing the dominating Eurocentric material-focused heritage discourse, by presenting alternative approaches to and foundations for heritage, and exploring issues such as tangible and intangible heritage, identity, authenticity, ownership, and cultural and minority as well as human rights.

More information


Department of Art History, Campus Gotland

Cramérgatan 3

621 67 VISBY

Carina Dahlström, Study administrator

Email: studentservice-cg@uu.se

Telephone: +46 498 10 82 34

Magnus Wessberg, Director of studies

Email: magnus.wessberg@konstvet.uu.se

Telephone: +46 498 10 83 34, +46 18 471 83 34