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MHST6901: Museum and Heritage: History and Theory

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.

Code MHST6901
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have a body of knowledge about the history of the museum and about the development of heritage as a field of knowledge and practice
  • LO2. engage in and understand contemporary debates in museum and heritage studies
  • LO3. demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of museums and heritage in society.