Management and Interpretation of Cultural Heritage Sites

7.5 Credits
Second Cycle
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
Human Geography (KGA)
Group of Subjects
Cultural and Social Geography
Disciplinary Domain
Social Science, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Human Geography1
Tourism Studies2
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 16 February 2022.
This syllabus is valid from 26 February 2022.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • give an overview of the field of study in terms of current heritage research;
  • analyze the role of heritage in the global experience economy, and its significance in industrial restructuring and regional development;
  • analyze the economic, social and cultural consequences of how heritage tourism is managed;
  • present issues relating to sustainability in heritage based tourism products and services;
  • critically assess different interpretations of heritage and relate these to curent theoretica and ideological perspectives;
  • demonstrate an understanding of landscape analysis and methods for interpretation.

Course Content

This course recognizes that heritage has become increasingly important as a resource in the context of local and regional development including tourism ventures. The course deals with heritage as a complex concept which can be understood and used in different situations both to boost the attractiveness of places as well as to contribute to a particular identity. The course also examines the ability to decipher processes of change affecting places and regions through landscape analysis, especially regarding an understanding of agrarian and industrial heritage.
Furthermore, heritage as a basis for developing sustainable tourism products will be covered in the course. Management aspects of heritage both cultural and natural will be discussed, as well as how heritage, including interpretative writing and storytelling, plays an increasing role in the experience economy.


The course is examined through continuous assessment in compulsotry seminars (2.5 credits), fieldwork/excursion (1 credit) and a final term-paper (4 credits).

Forms of Study

The course is taught in the form of lectures, compulsory seminars and by way of field work and excursions. Students will prepare an individual term-paper.


The Swedish grades A–F.

Seminars (A-F), final term-paper (A-F) and fieldwork/excursion (U-G)


  • A Bachelors degree in either Human Geography, Business Administration and Management, Tourism Studies and English 6

Other Information

The number of examinations is limited to five.
Replaces KG3018.