The post-graduate master course is organized by the SUISS (Struttura universitaria interdipartimentale in scienze strategiche) in collaboration with Comando per la formazione e Scuola di applicazione dell'Esercito Italiano, Torino; International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo; UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Territory Management; Centro Conservazione Restauro La Venaria Reale.
The Master in Cultural Property Protection in Crisis Response is designed for civilian and military personnel wishing to specialize in the protection of material and immaterial cultural property in time of crisis (e.g. wars, calamities).
Its goal is to provide every participants with a multidisciplinary background that will enable them to know and to apply the existing international legal framework protecting cultural property, to better understand and to apply the most recent and innovative techniques for its protection in time of crisis.
Depending on each participant’s background and interests, the program is ideal for members of Armed Forces deployed in field operations, civilians working in non-governmental organizations that operate in critical scenarios, managers of cultural sites and graduates that wish to develop a career in this field.
Through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises selected students will acquire:
- in-depth knowledge on the international legal framework protecting cultural property, to better understand rights and duties of States, individuals and international and non-governmental organizations;
- overall comprehension of the political, economic and sociological importance of cultural property;
- unique insights into the policies and tools of UNESCO and other international organizations operating in the field of cultural property protection;
- knowledge about multimedia data-bases technologies in cultural heritage collections.
The Course aims to prepare "experts in the protection of heritage", that is, military and civilian experts in the most modern (even digital) techniques and international methodologies, according to UNESCO standards, for the protection of cultural heritage (including archives and libraries), who will be able to:
1) Since the time of peace, to prepare and implement security plans, application forms for enhanced protection and safeguard measures
2) In crisis situations (wars or disasters), to guarantee the possibility to work safely and effectively to the conservation and restoration specialists.
The Master then addresses to members of the Armed Forces - Italian and foreign - who are in the front line in the protection of cultural assets when they are threatened by armed conflicts of various kinds. It is essential for the members of the Armed Forces to be able to relate to the civilian population and to the governments affected by conflict situations not only to protect "militarily" the cultural sites at risk, but also to develop and implement preventive actions, particularly when they are deployed in the context of crisis response operations.
For the same reasons, it is crucial that the same training is directed at those responsible for cultural sites, which must be sensitized to the need to cooperate with various societal souls.
The Master also addresses non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - and civilians in general - working in the field, with the aim of spreading a multidisciplinary approach also to civil society, which is increasingly cooperating with Governmental organizations in managing complex situations.
Finally, the program addresses young students and academics who intend to specialize in the subject and develop more skills.
A Bachelor level degree and a good knowledge of English is required.
A maximum number of 40 participants is foreseen.
The course working language will be 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:
- 572 hours of lectures, distance learning
- 928 hours of Individual Study
The academic curriculum of the Master program is divided into two phases: a distance learning and an on campus one.
Distance learning phase: November 2017 – February 2018
On campus phase: February 2018 – June 2018
The main topics are:
- 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 in the campus phase implies full time engagement from Monday to Thursday (9.30-16.30 CET). On Friday, VIP lectures, practical exercises, exams are planned.