HUMN 3117 Place-Making for Tourism and the Cultural Economies

Credit Points 10

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Description The subject will explore the strategic use of practices and institutions like the arts, heritage, architecture and museums to enhance and attract creative economic activities. Theories that assist in framing and explaining these changes are presented and debated alongside exemplar and emerging case studies to encourage the analysis of space, culture and economic practice in contemporary contexts.

School Social Sciences

Discipline Human Geography

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects CULT 3014 - Heritage Interpretation

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the key contributors to the re-design of places in post-industrial contexts.
  2. Apply knowledge of the museum as a microcosm of changes taking place in wider public settings. 
  3. Produce a design, drawing on relevant theory and practice to enhance the cultural arts economy of Western Sydney.
  4. Synthesise and critically evaluate challenges and opportunities in efforts to remake places for post-industrial economies. 

Subject Content

  1. Introduction: defining the key contributors to place-making in post-industrial contexts
  2. Writing and reading spaces through architecture and design
  3. Exemplars and antecedents of remodelling places as consumption-scapes
  4. Interpreting spaces through universal markers and marks of distinction
  5. Models of material culture & the implications for interpreting heritage
  6. Understanding the public/consumer/visitor
  7. Engaging the public/consumer/visitor
  8. Interpreting places through digital modes of consumption
  9. Future directions: embodiment, mobilities, aesthetics and digital media


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflection 1,500 words 30 N Individual
Presentation 10 minute oral presentation 500 words 25 N Group
Reflection 500 words 15 N Individual
Intra-session Exam 2 hours 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2023)

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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Spring (2024)

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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