Confronting Captain Cook: Memorialisation in museums and public spaces
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Learn about the complex and controversial legacy of Captain James Cook.
2018 marked the 250th anniversary of the departure of the Endeavour for Tahiti under the command of Captain James Cook. But, as the defacing of his statues in Australia suggests, not everyone sees the explorer’s legacy in a positive light.
In this course you’ll learn about the scientific ambition and historical context of the journeys undertaken by Cook, uncovering the complex relationships between Europeans and Pacific Islanders. You’ll also consider the impact of these voyages on our modern world and how various communities and societies relate differently to this legacy.
This course is suitable for historians and students looking to broaden their knowledge. It would also appeal to anyone with an interest in museum studies, or those interested in investigating colonialism and its legacies.
- Assess the complex history of exploration in the enlightenment era by exploring the historical record.,Apply skills of critical and historical enquiry to compare different primary sources.,Identify outcomes of the voyages of James Cook with particular reference to the process of colonisation in the Pacific.,Engage with, and reflect on, ideas about memorialisation and the display of objects in our museums and public spaces.,Debate and discuss the key theme of memoralisation in public spaces through the lens of James Cook.
- This course is suitable for historians and students looking to broaden their knowledge. It would also appeal to anyone with an interest in museum studies, or those interested in investigating colonialism and its legacies.