• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Policy Studies More...
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

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 will provide a
solid professional basis for any employment where concepts of
natural and cultural heritage and environmental management are
The course focuses on theoretical and methodological concepts
at the core of natural and cultural 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. A key part of the course concentrates on fully exploring
and understanding the different dimensions that both link and
distinguish processes for natural and cultural heritage
identification, conservation and management. In the Australian
context, the course examines how Indigenous notions of caring
for country have influenced, and continue to influence
approaches to natural and cultural heritage. The role of different
disciplinary traditions in environmental and cultural heritage
practice is also critically examined.

Key course topics
• The key concepts of natural and cultural heritage practice
• The evolution of heritage methods and practices
• Heritage practice in Australia
• The practices of documenting heritage values
• Communication and interpretation strategies for heritage
• Balancing heritage and development

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, funding applications and policy preparation andadvice;
  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.

Other Information

This course is available both as a face-to-face course for students based in Canberra and also as a distance (fully online) course for external students. The online course materials will be available through http://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/


Please contact the course convenor in advance if you intend to take this course as an online unit.

Indicative Assessment

• 2 x Worksheets (10%)
• Significance assessment exercise (1200 words) 30%
• Cultural and Environmental Heritage essay (3000 wds) 40%
• Poster 20%

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Contact time for this 12 unit course will be approximately 60
hours for the semester. This includes a 3 hour weekly seminar.
The course convenor may include field trips to local sites and
organisations where appropriate and, as such, some weeks will
require a greater time commitment from students.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ARCH8104

Prescribed Texts

• Pearson, M. and Sullivan, S. (1995) Looking after Heritage
Places. The basics of heritage planning for managers, landowners
and administrators, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
• Australia ICOMOS (2004) The Illustrated Burra Charter: Good
practices for heritage places, Australia ICOMOS, Melbourne.
• Fairclough, G., R. Harrison, J.H. Jameson and J. Schofield
(eds). 2008. The Heritage Reader. Routledge, London.

Areas of Interest

  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Policy Studies
  • Museums and Collections



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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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