YAL1 - The Sustainable Preservation of Cultural Heritage
3 July 2017 – 4 August 2017
Hosted by Yale University
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex factors that challenge the preservation of cultural heritage.
2016 Global Summer Program students exploring the artifacts of Yale's Collections.
Because the challenges associated with protecting the tangible and intangible, cultural and natural heritage of the world are global in character, students will explore the following:
- The evolution of ideas about what needs to be preserved.
- Threats to cultural heritage from natural decay, as well as social, political, and economic threats.
- The international protocols that have been developed for addressing these problems.
Students will be introduced to techniques for preservation, including chemical and materials analysis in the preservation lab and in the field; will learn about museum preservation and the science used to detect forgeries and fakes; and will consider the international legal and professional frameworks that enable cross-cultural efforts to combat trafficking in antiquities and to facilitate preservation.
Faculty from Yale Law School, the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of Architecture, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will 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.
The program will include a welcome lunch and campus tour and a 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
Classes will include lectures and reading discussions.
Students will complete one short essay and will be split up into groups for a group project under supervision. Projects will be case-based and will employ a multi-disciplinary approach, 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.
10% Short Essay
The group projects will be broken into intermediate steps, beginning with a research plan and literature review (due week 3) and a written final project report and presentation (due week 5).
15% Literature review for specific assignment
15% Research plan for group assignment
40% Written final project report
20% Presentation of work in plenum
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 Global Cultural Heritage Initiatives, Yale University
Students will live in one of Yale’s residential colleges.
Students must arrive by Sunday, 2 July 2017
Students will be able to check in from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check-out date is Saturday, 5 August 5 2017 at 9 a.m.
Students may not stay longer in Yale housing; however, there are hotels available in New Haven for those who wish to stay beyond the checkout date.
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Tuition FeesUSD 1,950 (with the Yale Summer Session Tuition Scholarship)
AccommodationIncluding any deposits: USD 1,647.50 (with the Banco Santander 50% Room and Board Scholarship)
Health Insurance Fee (if applicable): USD 65
Living ExpensesUSD 300 (depends on your personal spending habits)
Visa FeesUSD 360. Check the consulate website for exact fees.
ScholarshipsYale Summer Session 50% tuition scholarship, Banco Santander 50% room and board scholarship, and a discounted visa processing fee (if applicable).
Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)
Visiting international students obtaining an I-20 for an F-1 student visa will automatically be enrolled in and charged for health insurance by Yale Summer Session for the duration of the program.
Further Required Application Material
Upon acceptance, students will need to register with Yale Summer Session (YSS), by submitting an on-line application and upload additional application materials. Students will receive a detailed 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.
Further Information & Website
Yale Summer Session website: http://summer.yale.edu/.