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Heritage of Cultural Landscapes

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During the lecture and seminar students are introduced to human geographical study of landscapes – its object, major research directions in the world as well as in Czechia, especially with the emphasis put on approaches of cultural, historical and regional geography. Selected methodologies of cultural landscape studies and its contribution to human geography are discussed in detail. The lecture is organized into several thematically diverse parts:

(i) Introduction: Discussion of the definitions of key ideas and concepts, introduction into the relationships among various disciplines connected with landscape research. With emphasis put on cultural, historical and regional geography various geographical approaches to the study of cultural landscapes are introduced and selected approaches are discussed in detail (including practical examples).

(ii) Human role in shaping of cultural landscapes and reflection of landscape in human culture: Crucial phases of the development of cultural landscapes as well as political, societal, economic and cultural processes influencing transformations of cultural landscapes, from the beginning of the 20th century in particular, are discussed. Special attention is given to development and reflection of landscapes within Czech and European cultural areas.

(iii) Contemporary landscapes as a result of past development and as heritage: Societal and cultural importance of landscapes is discussed, with regard to approaches to its protection, management and planning.

During the lecture elements of distance education are applied. If teached online, the lectures will be organized as video-conferences in MS Teams. Information on how to join the online lectures will be provided. Interactive form of instruction enables students to actively use knowledge from different disciplines, for example historical, cultural, economic, religious, political and other disciplines of human geography, cultural, environmental and economic history, archaeology, sociology, planning etc.