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PR-642A Concepts of Heritage

3 Credits

All historic preservation efforts take place within the context of accepted definitions of heritage. These definitions have changed dramatically over time; they vary from country to country, and are contested even within the contemporary United States. This course provides a historical and critical introduction to concepts of heritage. The class will be conducted as a seminar, with emphasis on close reading of texts and intensive discussion. Students also have an opportunity to write a research paper on a subject related to current issues in the policy, politics, or philosophy of heritage conservation.