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DCH 421: Community Engagement & Heritage Education in a Digital World

Course Title

Community Engagement & Heritage Education in a Digital World

Course Code

DCH 421

Course Type




Year / Semester

1st / 2nd (Subject to change)

Instructor’s Name

Thanasis Hadzilacos (Lead Instructor), George Artopoulos, Nikolas Bakirtzis, D. Fairchild Ruggles



Lectures / week

1 (1h)

Laboratories / week

1 (2h)

Course Purpose and Objectives

The course will introduce modern concepts on the role of Cultural Heritage to social inclusion, awareness and cohesion, defining the concept of participatory heritage and community heritage, as well as how it is taught and socially transmitted. Students will be introduced to digital platforms used nowadays for educating on Cultural Heritage, such as serious games, participatory social media, e-learning platforms and interactive virtual environments.

Learning Outcomes

Students will gain knowledge on how Heritage as a socio-cultural concept is transmitted through formal and non-formal education and what are the various approaches and strategies for social engagements with Heritage through digital technologies.


DCH 401

 Requirements  -

Course Content

Defining the terminology – participatory heritage, community heritage, the social role of Cultural Heritage, situated knowledge and how such concepts are applied in pedagogical and educational programs.

Teaching Methodology

Frontal lectures and fieldwork


Smith, Rachel Charlotte, and Ole Sejer Iversen. “Participatory heritage innovation: designing dialogic sites of engagement.

  1. Roued-Cunliffe, Henriette, and Andrea Copeland, eds. Participatory heritage.
  2. Carletti, Laura. “Participatory heritage: Scaffolding citizen scholarship.”
  3. Janssenswillen, Paul, and Wil Meeus. “Sustainable Heritage Education: Multiperspectivity as a Bridge.”
  4. Schofield, John, ed. Who needs experts?: counter-mapping cultural heritage.
  5. King, Laura, James F. Stark, and Paul Cooke. “Experiencing the digital world: the cultural value of digital engagement with heritage.


75% exam; 25% coursework



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