• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Humanities

This course focuses on developing skills in one important area of cultural heritage management – physical conservation. One of the key aims of heritage conservation is to ensure that heritage places are protected for future generations and it is, therefore, essential for those working in the heritage industry to have a solid understanding of how to best care for them. In this course we focus on Australia's historic heritage places and objects and the physical conservation problems faced by heritage practitioners. Our unique building materials, building practices, and climatic conditions have forced physical conservation specialists to develop innovative practices for the maintenance and repair of these important places. In this course students will learn how to identify physical conservation issues, undertake regular maintenance, and the options for specialised physical conservation at historic places.

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of this course students will have skills in:

  1. the physical conservation and management of historic places (with a focus on historic structures)
  2. identification, documentation and analysis of traditional building materials, building practices and related conservation issues
  3. ethical and reflective practice in regard to heritage conservation
  4. applying a functioning knowledge of current policy and industry frameworks for heritage conservation
  5. developing a strategy for monitoring and maintaining historic places and prioritising physical conservation works
  6. understanding the basic principles of international heritage conservation

Indicative Assessment

Assignment 1: Conservation monitoring plan for one historic heritage place (2000 words) 30%

Assignment 2: Physical conservation report or essay (3000 words) 50%

Assignment 3: Teamwork and engagement in discussions and debates (10%)

Assignment 4: Presentation (10%)

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Contact time for this 6-unit graduate course will be 30-40 contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Further readings will be provided prior to class.



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.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5631 01 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 30 Jun 2016 In Person N/A

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