||The course provides a framework for the learner to engage with some of the current key challenges and trends confronting the culture and heritage sector practitioner. Many of the issues stem from challenges to modernist “Western” principles and practices along with calls for greater sector transparency and democratization. Initially, overviews relating to the culture and heritage sector will be provided the learner as a useful starting point for critical reflection offering a background for further study. Subsequent examinations of issues specific to heritage matters proper will be followed in sequence by contentions and trends in museological thinking and perspectives on the relationships between people and art museums/galleries. The relationship between sites and individuals; public participation in heritage; museum and gallery processes and activities; sustainability; political dimensions associated with heritage tourism; the drivers of construction and presentation of how visitors consume heritage and culture will be examined through essays, guest speakers and site visits.