"Intangible cultural heritage" refers to the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity. Therefore, understanding intangible cultural heritage is vital for grasping our own history, decoding current cultural contexts, and anticipating the future. This course expands on UNESCO’s concept of intangible cultural heritage and covers the theories, institution, content, and various means of preservation and utilization associated with intangible cultural heritage, with a particular focus on the preservation and utilization practices in China. Analysis of individual cases will allow students to learn about the relationship between intangible cultural heritage and their life, strengthen their identification with the culture of the motherland, and further cultivate their cultural awareness and confidence. In addition, students will also gain a preliminary understanding of the main disciplines involved in intangible cultural heritage research and the research paradigms of humanities and social science disciplines such as folklore and cultural anthropology, and master the basic methods of cultural studies through this course.