• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
From Angkor Wat to Rapa Nui: UNESCO World Heritage in SE Asia & the Pacific (ASIA3050)

This intensive one week course (28 Oct-1 Nov) introduces concepts of cultural World Heritage, as defined in the UNESCO operational guidelines and protocols, from an archaeological perspective. Based on specific case studies, students will have the opportunity to learn and assess cultural heritage sites in the theoretical framework of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’. They will learn challenges in cultural heritage management and have a raised awareness about cultural heritage sites in Asia and the Pacific.

This course focuses on:

• Introducing concepts of World Heritage,

• The process of nominating sites to the World Heritage List

• Types of World Heritage sites in Asia and the Pacific,

• Applications of cultural science in World Heritage,

• Involvement of archaeological science in assessing World Heritage sites,

• Preservation and Conservation of World Heritage sites.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course the students will have skills in:

• basic concepts in World Heritage: site types, assessing criteria and values

• communicating ideas through oral and written presentation,

• applying theoretical concepts to case studies and interdisciplinary thinking

Indicative Assessment

Lecture and Tutorial attendance; Quizzes (10%); Readings (10%); Case study presentation (20 min.) with essay (2000 words) (30%); Final test (50%).

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Intensive one week course: 2nd Semester 2013 (28th OCT – 1st NOV)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 84 Units of courses.

Prescribed Texts

Australia ICOMOS. 1999. The Burra Charter: the Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance. Burwood: Australia ICOMOS Incorporated (http://australia.icomos.org/wp-content/uploads/BURRA_CHARTER.pdf, accessed: 01/07/2010).

Fowler, P.J. 2004. Landscape and World Heritage. Bollington: Windgather Press (http://anulib.anu.edu.au/anuonly/ereserve/ssh/2009/sem1/23669652.pdf, accessed: 01/07/2010).

Pearson, M. and S. Sullivan. 1995. Looking after heritage places: the basics of heritage planning for managers, landowners and administrators. Carlton, Vic: Melbourne University Press.

Smith, A. 2005. Thematic Essay: The Cultural Landscapes of the Pacific  Islands (http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/activities/documents/activity-5-2.pdf, accessed: 01/07/2010).

UNESCO, 2011. Preparing World Heritage Nominations (1st edition). World Heritage Resource Manual. (http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/activities/documents/activity-643-1.pdf)




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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