• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sally May
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    See Future Offerings

This course introduces students to the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary heritage practice in Australia and internationally. It gives students the opportunity to gain a broad but comprehensive understanding of the essential underpinnings of heritage practice that are required for working in the sectors of natural and cultural heritage, land management and heritage institutions. The course focuses on theoretical and methodological concepts at the core of heritage practice and also on the application of key concepts in theory, policy and practice, including examining different approaches to heritage practice from local, state and territory, national and international contexts. Finally, the course will provide a solid professional basis for any employment where concepts of natural and cultural heritage are involved. 


Learning Outcomes

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

On completing this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Use appropriate written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant professional and academic purposes in cultural and environmental heritage that include essays, report preparation and analysis;
  2. Apply interdisciplinary thinking and the ability to apply theoretical ideas to case studies developed from personal observation;
  3. Participate more effectively in workplaces requiring an understanding of practices in natural and cultural heritage. This includes data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree; and
  4. Apply a functioning knowledge of current industry standards and protocols, policy frameworks, and funding regimes to academic and professional practice in natural and cultural heritage.

Indicative Assessment

Assignment 1: Class worksheet (1000 words)

Assignment 2: Essay (2500-3000 words)

Assignment 3: Significance assessment (2000 words)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Contact time for this 6-unit graduate course will be approximately 30 contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Prescribed Texts




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2422 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions