Master in Cultural Property Protection In Crisis Response Università degli Studi di Torino SUISS - Struttura Didattica Speciale in Scienze Strategiche

The course is organized by the Interdepartmental University School for Strategic Sciences (SUISS) of the University of Turin, in collaboration with the Italian Army Education and Training Command and School of Applied Military Studies, the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the Conservation and Restoration Centre "La Venaria Reale", the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. Thanks to the technical support of the Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture, the Master also collaborates with a strong network of national and international institutions and agencies including UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOM. The Master in Cultural Property Protection in Crisis Response is designed for a mixed target of civilians, military personnel, NGOs, peacekeepers, and in general all the operators intervenig in armed conflits or disasters scenarios, as well as those ones operating in the post-conflict or post-disaster recovery process.

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The importance and the role of culture in crisis and post crisis scenarios has relevantly raised in the recent years, due to the emerging of new forms of conflicts and to the intensification of disasters.
This raise of attention turned into international campaigns and into a global response towards heritage protection, communities identity and cultural expressions safeguarding, as well as the control of illicit traffics and activities.
In this context the Master in Cultural Property Protection in Crisis Response is designed for civilian and military personnel wishing to specialize in the protection of tangible and intangible cultural property in crisis scenarios (e.g. wars, calamities).
The programme aims at preparing a future generation of professionals with a multidisciplinary background  and advanced expertise in the protection of cultural property in time of crisis and, more widely, in increasing the capacities to enhance the role of culture for addressing the social reconciliation and economic recovery of affected areas.
Depending on each participant’s background and interests, the programme is addressed to Armed Forces personnel deployed in field operations, civilians working in non-governmental organizations which operate in critical scenarios, managers of cultural sites and graduates who wish to develop a career in this field.

  • 30 September 2021: Request for general scholarships
  • 15 October 2021: deadline for applications to the Course


The purpose of the master is to prepare and train expert personnel able to:
1) intervene in culture-related operations, both on physical properties and on intangible heritage, during the crisis event and in emergency circumstances;s
2)  address and plan the physical, social and economic recovery process of armed conflict or disaster affected areas and communities;
3) prepare and implement plans and actions for preventing crisis and enhancing the protection, security, safeguard and risk preparedness measures in time of peace or safety.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises, the participants will acquire:
•    in-depth knowledge on the international legal framework protecting cultural property;
•    knowledge and tools for understanding and assessing the physical damages and the cultural, social and economic losses caused by the crisis;
•    comprehension of the potential of culture in addressing and managing the post-conflict or post-disaster reconstruction;
•    unique insights into the policies and tools of UNESCO;
•    knowledge about the most advanced ICT’s applied to emergency scenarios.

Designed for graduates of all disciplines, the minimum admission requirement to apply for the Master is an Undergraduate degree - First cycle degree - Bachelor level degree.

The course working language is English.
The Course is worth a total of 60 credits (CFU - Crediti Formativi Universitari), for a total amount of 1.500 hours, divided as follows:
- 388 hours of on-campus lectures and distance learning
- 1.112 hours of Individual Study and project preparation.

The academic curriculum of the Master program is divided into three phases: assisted distance learning phase, on campus phase and distance individual study and project preparation.

Upon completion of the educational activity, students will be able to choose to carry out an internship, equal to 300 hours. The internship, for which no CFU are recognized, is therefore optional.
The optional internship hours are to be considered additional to the 1.500 of the academic program equal to 60 CFU.

Academic Schedule:

•    Assisted distance learning phase: 3rd January 2022 – 4th February 2022.
•    On campus phase: 7th February 2022 – 19th May 2022.  In this period, attendance is mandatory and implies full time engagement from Monday to Thursday (9.00-16.00 CET). On Friday, seminars, practical exercises, and exams are planned.
•    Training (optional), Distance individual study and project preparation: 20th May 2022 - December 2022.

The main topics are:

-  Distance learning for the protection of cultural heritage
- The law of international protection of cultural heritage
- The economics of cultural heritage
- The politics of cultural heritage protection
- A sociological approach to the protection of cultural heritage
- Information management
- Management of cultural heritage protection
The course attendance is mandatory and, the campus phase implies full time engagement from Monday to Thursday (9.30-16.00 CET). On Friday, VIP lectures, seminars, practical exercises and exams are planned.
A Bachelor level degree and a good knowledge of English is required.
A maximum number of  40 participants is foreseen.

International Master.The program is developed thanks to the contribution of numerous scholars and experts in the fields of International Law, Economics, Politics, Sociology and Project Management, together with various lecturers and practitioners from International Agencies, Armed Forces, NGO’s and the civil society. The course working language is English.

  • Aula internazionale
  • Docenti internazionali
  • Lezioni in lingua straniera 100%

Applicant are required to have:
•    an Undergraduate degree - First cycle degree - Bachelor level degree;
•    fluency in spoken and written English.

Requisiti per essere ammessi:
•    Laurea primo livello
•    Laureandi
•    Disoccupati
•    Professionisti

Requisiti per essere ammessi:
  • Laurea primo livello
  • Laureandi
  • Disoccupati
  • Professionisti
Some scholarships for covering the inscription fee or part of it are available.Preference will be given to applicants for scholarships from low income countries. Applicants interested in receiving financial assistance should clearly specify their request in the application form.See the website.
Costo del master: 5000 Esente IVA
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Some scholarships, for covering the inscription fee or part of it, are available.GENERAL CRITERIA: economic condition - professional profile - capacity to implement the acquired knowledge - relevance of the participant for the course - diversity of background and professional position - geographic and gender balance.FULL SCHOLARSHIPS: Full scholarships cover the total of the tuition fee of the Master's program, except the service fees (about 20 euros, upon enrollment). In some cases, it is possible that full scholarship winners will be requested to pay a fee of no more than 750 euros.Preference will be given to applicants for full scholarship coming from countries of Global South (Africa, South America, Asia, Western Balkans, Middle East).PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Partial scholarships cover two of the four installments (2.500 euros) of the tuition fee and preference will be given to deserving candidates whose attendance at the course is assessed as relevant by the Scientific Committee.
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