International Cultural Relations

General Information
Lecture and workshop (5 min break)
Number of Hours: 
Tuesday 8:15 - 11:20
Preliminary requirements: 

Basic knowledge covering issues such as: History of Globalization, Law and State Theory, Introduction to Global Studies 

Course Description: 


1.Genesis of International Cultural Relations (ICR)

2. Main determinants (economical, social, political, geographical) of the ICR 

3. Actors of ICR (states, NGO’s , IGO’s) .

4. Law and ICR

5. Regional and global institutions (UNESCO, EU, Council Of Europe.....).

6. Culture and Globalization.

7. ICR and conflicts, war and crisic management.

8. Soft power and promotion of states

9. Culture in foreign policy of the state the case of Poland.


  1. Cultural policy of the state (USA, UK, Germany, China, France, Spain, Central and Southeast Europe and other selected states)
  2. Wroclaw – European Capital of Culture
  3. Indigenous people and environmental racism
  4. Cultural Turism
  5. Challenges and Obstacles in ICR ( trerrorism, natural catastrophes, trampling of cultural goods by turist, cultural conflicts, migration/ refugees and ICR
Aims of the course: 

Student is able to define the basic features of cultural policies of international organizations.

Student describes the importance of the cultural dimension of bilateral and multilateral.

Student identifies threats to contemporary culture, material and immaterial.

Student distinguishes cultural management practices at the international and national levels.

Student interprets cultural phenomena as part of international relations.

Student is able to present written and oral opinions and analysis on a given topic.

Student recognizes the dependence of international cultural relations of phenomena political, economic and social issues.

Student is able to prepare a concise description of the problems in the field of international cultural relations in different regions of the world.

Student is able to work in a group and see the role of all the participants.

Student has the necessary skills to develop and present independent and objective opinion.

Teaching methods: 

Lecture and seminar include:  case studies, text analysis, discussion, multimedia presentations, video materials, visit to a cultural institution

Evaluation & Completion: 

Seminar  completion:multimedia presentation on specific case study, active participation in the discussion, participation in the visit in the cultural institution, text analysis.

Final Exam:Oral exam (based on the list of questions delivered to students before the exam; 2 exam questions  one from seminar and one from lecture).

Basic Literature: 

Ivanovic M., Cultural Tourism, Juta &Company, Cape Town, South Africa 2008.

Nemeth E., Cultural Security.The Evolving Role of Art. In International Security, Terrorism and Political Violence 2007, vol. 19 (1).

Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, 14 May 1954, 249 UNTS 240.

Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, 16 November 1972, 1037 UNTS 151.

Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, 17 October 2003, 2368 UNTS 1.

Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, 14 November 1970, 823 UNTS 231.

Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, 20 October 2005, 2240 UNTS 346.

Additional Literature: 

Kaldor M., New and Old Wars. Organized Violence in a Global Era, Polity Press, Cambridge 2006.