AIG211 - The Past in the Present: the Geographies of Heritage and Tourism

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2021 unit information

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

2021 will be the final offering for this unit

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Michele Lobo




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including;
3 x 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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Understand how heritage and tourism vary over time and space

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Discuss the relationship between heritage, tourism and identity

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Analyse the role of heritage and tourism in urban change

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork


Apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to real word heritage and tourism examples

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Group) – Report  1000 words
or equivalent
25% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Presentation 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 – Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Information not yet available

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.

Learning Resource

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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