MSL2370H Museums and Cultural Heritage: Context and Critical Issues

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This course provides students with an introductory overview of the museum and cultural heritage sectors. Students will be exposed to a wide range of themes and concepts that constitute and shape the discipline, in particular preservation, representation and authenticity, memorialization, taxonomy, technology, ownership and repatriation, global tourism, cultural policy, and the roles of architecture and design in museological practice. Museums, memorials, national parks and historic sites, among other examples of cultural heritage, will be examined in light of philosophical issues and evolving political, social, economic and cultural contexts.