YAL1 - The Sustainable Preservation of Cultural Heritage: An Introduction to a Global Challenge of Our Time
4 July 2016 – 5 August 2016
Hosted by Yale University
The challenges of the 21st century in protecting the tangible and intangible, cultural and natural heritage of the world are global in character and need to be also addressed on a global level. Cultural and natural heritage are increasingly threatened with destruction not only by the traditional causes of decay, but also by changing social and economic conditions.
The world is changing at a rapid pace and conservation efforts must keep up with these challenges. For example, in the last years we have seen the phenomena of cultural cleansing rising in the Middle East and Africa, while natural disasters have taken a toll and underlined the need to develop sustainable and global strategies for preservation.
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex factors that challenge the preservation of cultural heritage. Guest speakers with relevant expertise will be invited to participate in many of the class sessions.
In addition, the course will draw on the collections of the Yale University Museums for discussion and as the basis of student assignments.
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The program will include a welcome lunch / campus tour, and farewell dinner. The course will also include a day trip to the United Nations in New York City.
Target Audience/ Prerequisites
This course requires a TOEFL of 100 on the internet-based test.
There is no academic prerequisite for the course.
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
Seminar with discussion and group work.
Students are required to complete the reading assignments and be prepared to discuss the major themes in the readings. Students will be split up into groups and will be required to complete a group project under supervision. Projects will be case-based and will employ a multi-disciplinary approach.
The projects will allow students with differing interests and areas of expertise to work together. These projects will be carried out in parallel, with presentations scheduled for the final week.
After completing the course and project, students will be able to identify the key factors—natural and human—that threaten cultural heritage and will be conversant in preservation methods.
In addition, through their group projects, students will be able to apply their knowledge to real world case studies in cultural preservation.
Week II: Essay: select a cultural heritage object/ site/ document/ artefact and describe why it matters to you (10%)
Week III: Literature review for specific assignment (15%)
Week III: Research plan for group assignment (15%)
Week V: Written final project report (40%)
Week V: Presentation of work in plenum (20%)
Credit equivalent at host university & Contact hours
1 Yale College credit (1 Yale credit is usually equals 3 or 4 course credit hours at other US institutions)
32.5 total contact hours (classroom) + 8 field trip hours (excluding self-study hours)
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Stefan Simon, Director for the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
IARU GSP students will be housed together in one of Yale’s undergraduate residential colleges. Colleges have their own courtyard, dining hall, common room, library, laundry facility, and computer cluster.
Room assignments are made upon check-in at the residential colleges. More details about the summer colleges and which dining halls will be open will be posted on the Yale Summer Session website.
Students must arrive by Sunday 3, July, 2016.
Students will be able to check in from 10am-4pm.
Check-out date: Saturday 06 AUG, 2016
(Students may also check out on Friday 05 August, 2016)
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Tuition FeesUSD 1,875 (including the YSS half tuition scholarship)
AccommodationUSD 1,540 (including the Banco Santander half room and board scholarship)
SEVIS fee: USD 200
Health Insurance fee: USD 157
Living ExpensesUSD 300 (depends on your personal spending habits)
Visa FeesUSD 160 and USD 50 visa processing fee. Check the US Embassy website for confirmation.
ScholarshipsYale Summer Session half tuition scholarship and Banco Santander Half Room and Board Scholarship
Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)
Yale Summer Session will register you and charge you for US based health insurance during the 5 weeks of the program. Once enrolled, you can download your card which you must carry with you at all times.
For the nominated students: Upon acceptance to Yale Summer Session (YSS), students will be required to submit an on-line application and upload additional application materials. Students will receive an e-mail from YSS with detailed instructions on what needs to be submitted. In addition to the on-line application, they will have to provide a bank letter stating they have sufficient funds to cover the cost of the program. This is needed for us to petition for an I-20 for the student visa. We will also need a scan of their name page of their passport.
Yale Summer Session website: http://summer.yale.edu/
For admitted students: http://summer.yale.edu/admitted