AIG211 - Geographies of Heritage and Tourism

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Steven Cooke





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Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


The use of the past in the present has become a key concern for geographers in recent years.  Questions of identity and social and cultural change are often intimately connected with representations of the past.  These are often bound up with representations of particular places - symbolic landscapes where contestations over ownership, meaning and identity are played out.  This unit will examine the ways identity is produced and consumed within heritage spaces such as museums, memorials, historical sites and cultural landscapes, before expanding the focus to think about how such places are networked within webs of tourism.  Drawing on perspectives from cultural and historical geography, but also cultural studies and sociology, this unit will provide students with a critical understanding of the geographies of heritage and tourism.

Indicative topics include: An introduction to cultural geography; Tourism and Geography; the Birth of the Museum; Museums and architecture; The poetics and politics of display; Heritage and identity; Marginalised heritage; Heritage, tourism and urban redevelopment; Understanding tourists and tourism; Tourism and commodification; Tourism and the past, and Dark heritage and tourism: war and genocide.


Small group field report, 1000 words, 25%

Multimedia presentation on a research topic, 10 minutes (1000 words equivalent), 25%

Research Essay, 2000 words, 50%

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