2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week
Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 scheduled online seminars during the trimester
The use of the past in the present is a key issue in contemporary society. Whether in debates over the representations of the past in museums, the role of heritage in social cohesion and post-conflict reconciliation, the impact of tourism on people and places, or the changes brought about by rapid urban development to our historic towns and cities, heritage is a place where questions of power, agency, identity and social and cultural change are played out.
This unit will examine how museums, memorials, historical sites and historic urban landscapes are understood, used and managed. 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.
Topics include: 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.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Understand how heritage and tourism vary over time and space
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Discuss the relationship between heritage, tourism and identity
Analyse the role of heritage and tourism in urban change
GLO5: Problem solving
Apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to real word heritage and tourism examples
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Assessment 1 (Group) – Report
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Presentation
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIG211 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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