Heritage and the Power of the Past
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
We have 1 upcoming course
(Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
George Orwell once wrote, ‘he who controls the present controls the past; he who controls the past controls the future’. These words might conjure images of a dystopian future but they are also relevant today in ways that we may not even imagine. Representations of the past are all around us, from castles to museums to processions to street names to the languages that we speak. History is embodied in all of these things and more, and we call that ’heritage’. But what is the purpose of heritage? Why do we value it and what role does it play in our society? Is heritage the same for everyone or do different groups have different heritages? Perhaps most importantly, who controls heritage? Who decides what is heritage and how it should be presented? In other words, who wields power over the past? These are some of the questions which this course will seek to answer by examining a wide range of examples and types heritage, some well-known and some rather less so, in a new light. If you are keen to look beyond the obvious and understand the uses of the past in the present, then this course is for you.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in heritage and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Exploring the Past pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Blackboard.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a 500-word source analysis and a 1000-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- T. Benton (ed.), Understanding Heritage and Memory (Manchester, 2010)
- G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J. H. Jameson, J. Schofield (eds.) The Heritage Reader (Abingdon, 2008)
- R. Harrison (ed.) Understanding the Politics of Heritage (Manchester, 2010)
- G. Kavanagh, Dream Spaces, Memory and the Museum (Leicester, 2000)
- B. Lynch, Whose Cake is it Anyway? (online, 2010), available at www.phf.org.uk/page.asp?id=1417.
- L. Smith, Uses of Heritage (Abingdon, 2006)
- S. West (ed.), Understanding Heritage in Practice (Manchester, 2010)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.