Syllabus for Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Regional Development

Kulturarv som drivkraft för regional utveckling


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5KV703
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Conservation A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-06-07
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2018-04-16
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 16, 2018
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Department of Art History

Learning outcomes

The student should, after completing the course, be able to, 
regarding knowledge and understanding

  • discuss and critically reflect on the role of cultural heritage for economic and social dimensions of sustainable development,
  • reflect on conservation economy and understand in depth how cultural heritage can contribute to regional development aspects,
  • demonstrate in-depth theoretical and methodological knowledge about different designs, models and methods for the study and evaluation of cultural heritage and sustainable growth, 
regarding competence and skills
  • independently analyse, assess and handle complex conservation economy phenomena, issues and situations,
  • independently search, plan and use relevant information as a basis for carrying out qualified tasks using adequate methods for the purpose of preserving, re-using and developing historic environments,
  • apply and integrate relevant knowledge for the purpose of adaptive re-reuse of various historic environments,
  • draw conclusions about how conservation can contribute to regional development and form a resource for society in different respects, 
regarding judgement and approach
  • relate to both national and international conservation problems and solutions, and
  • relate to different perspectives and presentations of cultural heritage and regional development for the purpose of drawing both general and specific conclusions.


The focus of this course is cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth. The role of cultural heritage in specific systems-wide cultural districts, regional fields of creative power, as well as economic impacts of conservation and adaptive re-use of the built cultural heritage is treated. The course also highlights and problematizes issues such as: conservation - utility – development, as well as models for how cultural heritage can strengthen social economy. Special emphasis will be laid on the adaptive re-use of cultural heritage.


The course will consist of seminars, lectures, and group work.  Active participation in seminars and group work is compulsory. Absence from any of these will need to be compensated.


Assessment will be based on active participation in seminars and the submission of written assignments. Grades will be given in accordance with the Swedish grading system. The following grades will be used: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.


Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 16, 2018

Mandatory literature

  • Bowitz, E.; Ibenkolt, K. Economic impacts of Cultural Heritage : Research and Perspectives

    Part of:

    Journal of cultural heritage.

    Paris: Elsevier, 2000-

    vol. Vol. 10 (2009) nr. 1

    pp. 1-8

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  • Fusco Girard, Luigi.; Levent, Tüzin Baycan.; Nijkamp, Peter. Sustainable city and creativity : promoting creative urban initiatives

    Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, c2011

    pp. 55-96

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  • Getting Cultural Heritage work for Europe

    European Commission, 2015

    18 pages


  • Gustafsson, Christer The Halland model : a trading zone for building conservation in concert with labour market policy and the construction industry, aiming at regional sustainable development

    Göteborg: Chalmers University of Technology, 2009

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  • Licciardi, Guido.; Amirtahmasebi, Rana. The economics of uniqueness : investing in historic city cores and cultural heritage assets for sustainable development

    Washington, DC: The World Bank, c2012

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  • Mason, R. Be Interested and Beware : Joining Economic Valuation and Heritage Conservation

    Part of:

    International journal of heritage studies : IJHS.

    vol. Vol. 12 (2008) nr. 4

    pp. 303-318

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  • Mazzanti, M. Valuing Cultural Heritage in a Multi-attribute Framework Microeconomic Perspectives and Policy Implications

    Part of:

    The journal of socio-economics.

    Greenwich, Conn.: Published in cooperation with Western Illinois University by JAI Press, 1991-

    vol. Vol. 32 (2003) nr. 5

    pp. 549-569

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  • National/Regional Innovations Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

    European Commission, 2013

    8 pages


  • Sacco, Pier Luigi Culture 3.0: A new perspective for the EU 2014-2020 structural funds programming

    OMC Working Group on Cultural and Creative Industries, 2011



  • Throsby, C. D. The economics of cultural policy

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010

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  • Understanding Cultural Geography as a Pseudo-Diffusion Process : The Case of the Veneto Region Ferilli, Guido; Sacco, Pier Luigi; Buscema, Massimo; Tavano Blessi, Giorgio

    Part of:


    MDPI AG,

    vol. Vol. 3 (2015)

    pp. 100-127 doi:10.3390/economies3020100

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  • Economic valuation of Cultural Heritage Sites: A choice modelling approach Choi, A.S.; Ritchie, B.W.; Papandrea, F.; Bennett, J.

    Tourism Management, 2010


Additional literature of no more than 200 pages may be distributed during the course.

Reference literature

  • Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe

    CHCFE Consortium, 2015

  • Culture Urban Future. Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development

    Unesco, 2016

    303 pages

  • Lichfield, Nathaniel. Economics in urban conservation

    Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]: Cambridge University Press in association with Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, Jerusalem, 1988

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