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Heritage, whose heritage? – Open University Course

March 6, 2008

logoThis course will help you to identify and understand the key issues affecting heritage decision-making. For example, who decides what should be preserved from the past as our heritage? Who is this heritage for and how should it be presented and explained? How can I engage actively with my heritage and have an impact on it?

It looks at the debate around what to do with places, buildings and things and the memories, myths and traditions associated with them, and enables you to be more effective in pursuing your enthusiasms and meeting the objectives of groups committed to changing policy on heritage matters.

The focus of the course will be on ‘objects of heritage’. By this, we mean almost anything that has been evaluated, listed or created to commemorate the international, national or local productions of our heritage.

‘Heritage’ normally refers to objects, buildings or places associated with public and private memories and traditions. But the course doesn’t exclude ‘intangible heritage’: cases where a need is felt to commemorate people, events or practices without the existence of a physical survival.

These different ‘objects’ of heritage will be the basis of the teaching. Through studying these, you’ll examine a range of heritage issues that you’ll learn to apply to things that interest you directly.

The fifteen-week course will be organised into five parts, with the teaching material delivered online. You will require a computer and regular online access to complete the course.

Course starts: Oct 2008

Cost:  £215


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