Interacting with the Past – Museum, Heritage Site and Cultural Policy in Hong Kong

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GDSS1015 EDUC (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

Museums and heritage sites are favorite and respected resources for learning worldwide. Field trip to various heritage sites is a teaching pedagogy that draws on experiential learning.

GDSS1015 aims to provide an historical, cultural and political overview of the local museums, heritage sites and cultural policies through lectures and field-trips. It examines the histories of the museum, heritage site and preservation approaches to them, situating these histories in terms of colonial and postcolonial contexts and looking at past and ongoing roles of museums and heritage sites in local communities with lens developed by social scientists. The course discusses the issues of voice and power inherent in persevering, curating and interpreting these cultural icons.

Students will encourage thinking critically, creatively and practically about the possibilities for using heritage sites in contemporary preservation practice, in relation to source and local communities. Students are taken to various sites to explore and to discuss the social and cultural roles of the different stake-holders and the development of cultural communities. The course also examines the relationships between the production of cultural materials, its management and display, the audiences as a site of knowledge, politics and power.


Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.