Heritage is an active appropriation of the past, tailored to present investments and values. It reflects identity at scales ranging from the personal to the national and can become a powerful means of self-definition.
The objective of this course is to critically examine the theories, discourses, and methods of cultural heritage that greatly impact the political, cultural, and social construction of the contemporary world. Throughout the course, we will explore issues such as globalization and localism, memory and cultural identity, tourism and the transformation of heritage into a resource for consumption, heritage as property, and the need for the protection of cultural heritage. This year the heritage seminar will focus particularly on issues pertaining to the ownership and stewardship of heritage, including cases of conflict and contestation.
For the first two written assignments, essays that receive a grade of B or lower may be rewritten and resubmitted (with B+ being the highest “re-grade” that can be achieved). This is not an exercise in recopying but a thorough revision in which significant improvement is expected, and students are encouraged to schedule an individual consultation with the professor to discuss writing and techniques of written argumentation.
UIUC principles of academic honesty and integrity govern the conduct of everyone in the course.
Students with disabilities: UIUC is obligated to make reasonable accommodation for known disabilities of a student. In general, it is the student’s responsibility to make his or her disability status and subsequent need for an accommodation known to the instructor at the beginning of the semester. The instructor will then work with DRES to accommodate the needs.