Free Online Course on Cultural Heritage and the City

Austrian Science Fund

European University Institute (EUI) is offering free online course on Cultural Heritage and the City. This course students will explore exactly what is meant by urban cultural heritage and key concepts related to it.

In this three-week course, applicants will discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage. This course will start on September 4, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Subject: Cultural Heritage and the City
Institution: European University Institute (EUI) and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on September 4, 2017

Providers’ Details

The European University Institute (EUI) is an international organization which produces high level research and provides doctoral and post-doctoral academic training in the social sciences. Since its establishment in 1976 by the six founding members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a leading international academic institution with a European focus.

About This Course

Cultural heritage is usually discussed in national or religious terms: we speak of Italian culture, Greek civilization, Islamic art, and so on. But today cities are creating their own heritage through museums, galleries, markets of artistic goods, and urban networks. Cities project themselves as cultural hubs representing and connecting entire regions, for example Doha and the UAE, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Los Angeles and North America.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain what is cultural heritage, its different types and how it has emerged as an area of public policy
  • Identify the key actors of cultural heritage governance
  • Evaluate the impacts of cultural heritage projects on cities
  • Explain the tensions between urban development and cultural heritage
  • Compare the governance of heritage in different cities or countries


This course is for anyone interested in cultural heritage and cities, but it might be of particular interest to students of archaeology, sociology, and related subjects; urban practitioners like planners and community activists; or cultural heritage professionals like those working in tourism.


Anna Triandafyllidou

Anna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she directs the Cultural Pluralism Area in the Global Governance Programme.

Jeremie Molho

Jeremie Molho is Research Associate at the European University Institute.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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