HUMN 2073 Issues in Contemporary Heritage
Credit Points 10
Coordinator Donna James Opens in new window
Description The aim of this subject is to get students thinking critically about heritage. To do so, it examines two main questions: “What is heritage?” and “Why does it matter?”. While the answers to both may appear fairly straightforward, this subject is designed to make students question and problematise their own assumptions, rethink what is and is not heritage, and consider why, in fact, we even care at all. The subject will introduce concepts such as national identity, memorialisation, belonging, collective memory, forgetting and repatriation. It will also introduce and examine heritage legislation, theory and practice.
School Social Sciences
Discipline Human Geography
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject
Equivalent Subjects TOUR 2001 - Issues in Contemporary Heritage
- Generate an inventory of different types and uses of heritage
- Summarize different approaches to heritage in varying geographic and cultural settings
- Analyse a contemporary heritage issue in a real-world context, namely: heritage and conflict; heritage ‘ownership’; heritage and identity; heritage and politics; looting; repatriation; heritage and destruction; and commemoration
- Identify Indigenous standpoints within contemporary heritage debates
- Utilise appropriate online technologies to organise, share and communicate heritage-related topics and issues
- A history of heritage
- The nature of heritage & its philosophies – what is heritage?
- Heritage and identity
- Issues of ownership and control
- Indigenous Australia and heritage issues
- Repatriation of Indigenous heritage
- Heritage and collective memory
- Heritage and collective forgetting
- Conflicts over heritage (dissonance)
- Heritage and museums
- Heritage and popular culture
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Literature Review||600 words||30||N||Individual|
|Reflection||3 blog entries (250 words each)||20||N||Individual|
|Portfolio||Completion of 5 activity sheets (c. 150 words)||10||N||Individual|
There is no set text for this subject. A weekly reading list with links to readings will be made available on vUWS.
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Subject Contact Donna James Opens in new window