UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HERI5101 Debates in Contemporary Heritage Studies

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit provides the theoretical underpinnings of the Heritage Studies degrees. The unit is co-taught by the Schools of Social Sciences, Humanities and Indigenous Studies. It is a highly recommended unit for all those interested in Heritage Studies. The unit considers the history of heritage studies. It provides the opportunity to engage critically with contemporary heritage debates, especially with non-Western critiques of early heritage writings. Students discuss questions around the definition of heritage and how people from a broad spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds, both in Australia and other parts of the world, theorise and work with heritage. In doing so, all those taking this unit should be able to articulate the relevance and applicability of existing heritage literature for their own specialist area of interest.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) know and evaluate past and present definitions of the term heritage; (2) describe and cite a wide range of formative Australian and international scholarship on heritage theory; and (3) critically assess the intellectual trajectories of major debates in heritage studies.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a research project; (2) a take-home examination; and (3) class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Benjamin Smith
Contact hours 4 hours per week (over 6 weeks from week 1)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/HERI5101/TS-U-1C/2017

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