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 to prepare 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 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;
- 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
The Course aims to prepare 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, who will be able in operating in:
1) intervening in culture-related operations, both on physical properties and on intangible heritage, during the crisis event and in emergency circumstances;s
2) addressing and planning the physical, social and economic recovery process of armed conflict or disaster affected areas and communities;
3) preparing and implementing plans and actions for preventing crisis and enhancing the protection, security, safeguard and risk preparedness measures in time of peace or safety.
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.
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 on-campus lectures and 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 2018 – February 2019
On campus phase: February 2019 – May 2019
Individual study and project preparation: June 2019-September 2019.
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 (9.30-16.00 CET). On Friday, VIP lectures, practical exercises, exams are planned.
A Bachelor level degree and a good knowledge of English is required.
A maximum number of 40 participants is foreseen.