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All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2016: ADHD and Mind Wandering, Think Ahead, Shut Eye and Language of Mental HealthWednesday, 7th December 2016 15:30 - BBC Radio 4Claudia Hammond explores mind wandering in this week's programme. Read more: All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2016: ADHD and Mind Wandering, Think Ahead, Shut Eye and Language of Mental Health
The Secret History of Our Streets - London: Arnold CircusThursday, 8th December 2016 00:45 - BBC Four
Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream: Episode 1: The Imperial City 1160-1683Thursday, 8th December 2016 21:00 - BBC Four
Colour: The Spectrum of Science: Episode 2: Colours of LifeThursday, 8th December 2016 23:00 - BBC Four
All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2016: ADHD and Mind Wandering, Think Ahead, Shut Eye and Language of Mental HealthAvailable for over a yearClaudia Hammond explores mind wandering in this week's programme. Read more: All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2016: ADHD and Mind Wandering, Think Ahead, Shut Eye and Language of Mental Health
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Colour: The Spectrum of Science: Episode 1: Colours of EarthAvailable until Saturday, 31st December 2016 23:00
Remembering Gary SlapperWe're sad to report that Gary Slapper - founder of the OU Law School, visiting professor at The... Read more: Remembering Gary Slapper
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Dutch painting of the Golden AgeSeventeenth-century Dutch painting stands out from other art of the same period and even more so... Try: Dutch painting of the Golden Age now
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What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both past and contemporary societies.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the global scope of heritage
- understand the ‘material’ and ‘non-material’ aspects of heritage
- recognise heritage as a ‘process’ as well as a ‘product’ of certain activities in the present
- recognise heritage studies as a specific field of study
- understand the idea of the authorised heritage discourse (AHD).
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Introducing heritage
- 2 Explaining heritage
- 3 ‘There is no such thing as heritage’
- 4 What does heritage do?
- 5 Themes in heritage studies
- 6 Conclusion
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What is heritage?
This course introduces the concept of heritage and examines its various uses in contemporary society. It then provides a background to the development of critical heritage studies as an area of academic interest, and in particular the way in which heritage studies has developed in response to various critiques of contemporary politics and culture in the context of deindustrialisation, globalisation and transnationalism. Drawing on a case study in the official documentation surrounding the Harry S. Truman Historic Site in Missouri, USA, it describes the concept of authorised heritage discourses (AHD) in so far as they are seen to operate in official, state-sanctioned heritage initiatives.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Heritage courses or view the range of currently available OU Heritage courses.
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