About the course

Critical Cultural Heritage Studies is a masters-level course at Malmö University that studies the significance of cultural heritage in relation to power processes in societies. In particular, intersectional power relationships and difficult/dissonant heritages is studied from the perspective that heritage is constructed in the present. Cultural heritage is not something static and powerless; it is something dynamic and potentially dangerous as various actors use history and heritage to control societies. This course will analyse and discuss actors and strategies when it comes to the creation and control of the present and future through the construction of a perceived past. The course is given together with our partner university in Scotland, University of the Highlands and Islands with participating teachers and students from that university.

Course content

This module will allow the student to study the importance of cultural heritage in various societal processes of change. The focus is on intersectional power relationships. This module also considers aspects of dark and difficult cultural heritage in a societal context. Finally, this module includes critical reflections on the use of cultural heritage by various actors such as academia, the state, practitioners and public audiences.

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree equivalent to 180 credits with a major (90 credits) in a subject relevant to Historical Studies, such as Ethnology, Archeology, Literary History, History of Ideas or Economic History.


University credits completed 100%

Course evaluation

Malmö University provides students who participate in, or who have completed a course, with the opportunity to express their opinions and describe their experiences of the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarise the results of course evaluations. The University will also inform participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures taken in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).