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Critical Issues in Heritage Studies (AXL5203S)


In this course we examine a set of critical issues in the field of heritage studies, as they are currently unfolding. We take a case study approach to look at currently breaking issues in heritage theory, policy and practice. In particular, we are interested in those points at which heritage forms a cutting edge in broader contestations around culture, identity and history. In addition, as a way of making sense of heritage management discourses, we examine some of the intellectual histories and genealogies of formulations of heritage in Africa, using local sites in Cape Town (through fieldwork research) as a lense.

Course code: AXL5203S
Type of degree: Postgraduate
Course convenor: TBC

Course outline:
The emphasis in the course is on discussion, critique, and a close reading of theory. The aim of the course is twofold: to put you in touch with currently breaking debates in the field and the terms in which those debates are taking place, and to provide you with a set of conceptual resources, “tools to think with”. You will be required to participate actively in class discussions, and to consider a set of conflicting positions. The aim of the course is not to catechize you in a single correct approach or position, but rather for you to form and articulate your own positions, and for those positions to be strong and informed.
The major deliverable for the course is a research project which you will carry out and present individually. The course convenor will work with individuals to shape these research projects, and to suggest readings, case studies, and lines of approach.

Due dates:

•    Research proposal (1500 words): TBA
•    Research project (7500 words): TBA
All work needs to be submitted electronically AND in hard copy, at the front desk of the African Studies Unit, by noon on the due day.
Reading Ahead :This class is taught as an advanced graduate seminar, and only works if you are reading ahead in preparation. Be aware that the course carries a fairly heavy reading load. Because of the compressed time over which the course it taught, you are strongly advised to begin reading well ahead of time, and to schedule plenty of time during the course for self-initiated reading and study.

Lecture dates:

This course is taught as a block intensive programme (9am to 4pm). And should it be offered in 2018, it will be taught for a full week during the vacation (from 2 - 6 July).

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