The historical, cultural and social roles of museums, heritage places and collections are the focus of contemporary debate. This unit examines the relationships between the production of cultural material, its management and display, and audience to understand museum and heritage sites as places of knowledge, politics and power. Current critical and theoretical perspectives incorporate ideas about the production, consumption, contestation and conservation of intangible values, identities, memories, cultural practices and different knowledge systems.
1x1hr lecture and 1x2hr seminar/week
1x500wd tutorial post and presentation (20%), 1x1500wd short essay (35%), 1x2500wd long essay (45%)