- Code HUMN8027
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2015
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This course provides an in depth analysis of the field of heritage and museum studies and explores some of the conceptual, political and ethical issues faced by those working within and researching in the area of heritage and museums. The course questions dominant perceptions that heritage is simply about the collection and management of artifacts, sites and monuments and challenges students to engage with understanding heritage as an area of cultural and political practice. Students are introduced to the key intellectual frameworks that allow us to understand heritage as a form of cultural practice, while each week students are introduced to particular issues or ‘problems’ that heritage represents and are encouraged to explore and debate their meanings, consequences and, where relevant, their resolutions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and judge the utility of different conceptualisations of 'heritage' and understand how they come to be deployed within international and national cultural policies and practices;
- Analyse the role heritage and museums play in the politics of recognition, and remembering and forgetting at both national and sub-national levels;
- Analyse the diverse ways that heritage is perceived and valued by different interests and assess the consequences of this for policy and practice;
- Identify and analyse the power relations that shape contemporary heritage and museum practices;
- Critically assess the role that heritage and museum experts play in the mediation of conflicts over heritage and museum management and interpretation.
Indicative Assessment1. Class debate consisting of presentations and 1000 word reflective summary (presentation 10%; reflective summary 15%) LO, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2. Short Essay (2000 word) 25% - LO 1, 2
3. Long essay (3000 words) (50%) - LO 3, 4, 5.
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WorkloadAs a 6-unit course, students are expected to spend 130 hours in meeting the study and assessment requirements of the course. The course will consist of 36 contact hours, comprising of one x two hour lecture and one x one hour of tutorial per week plus study hours of approx 7 hours per week. The remainder of the time will be spend on producing assessments for submission.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsSmith, L. 2006 Uses of Heritage, London: Routledge
Harrison, R. 2013 Heritage: Critical Approaches, London: Routledge
Lowenthal, D. 2013 The Past is a Foreign Country – Revisited, Cambridge University Press (note this is the revised 2013 edition, not the 1985 original version).
Assumed KnowledgeThis course does not assume any prior knowledge with heritage and museum studies.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3042||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|