- Code HUMN8027
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest Archaeology, Art History, History, Museums and Collections, Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Laurajane Smith
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2021
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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:
- 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; and
- critically assess the role that heritage and museum experts play in the mediation of conflicts over heritage and museum management and interpretation.
- Participation in seminars (in-person class) or on-line tutorials (on-line class) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Seminar/tutorial paper 1000 words (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Minor essay 2000 words (25) [LO 1,2]
- Major essay 3000 words (50) [LO 3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures; and 12 hours of seminars (in-person class) or on-line tutorials (on-line class); and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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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