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


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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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)

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.

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