• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Catherine Frieman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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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 involved.

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 topics include:

  • The key concepts of natural and cultural heritage practice
  • The evolution of heritage methods and practices
  • The practices of documenting heritage values in different regional and cultural contexts
  • Understanding values-based heritage management in Australia and globally
  • Communication and interpretation strategies for heritage

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able 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 and advice;
  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

Two worksheets covering key themes: 20% each for a total of 40% ca. 500 words each for a total of ca. 1,000 words (LO: 2, 3, 4)

Significance assessment: 4000 words 40% (LO: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Presentation of significance assessment: 10% 10 minutes (LO: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Participation 10% (LO: 1, 2, 3, 4).

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of seminars; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Archaeological Practice Honours (HAPRC) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR)

Preliminary Reading

Australian Government Department of Environment Australian Heritage Strategy website at http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/heritage/australian-heritage-strategy/past-consultation/australian-heritage-strategy . Read the most relevant of the ten essays on key issues facing the heritage sector, as they relate to the topics we will be examining each week.

Australia ICOMOS. 2013. The Burra Charter, including new Practice Notes can be downloaded at: http://australia.icomos.org/publications/charters/ ; also available as 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.

Pearson, M. and Sullivan, S. (1995) Looking after Heritage Places. The basics of heritage planning for managers, landowners and administrators, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne. This book is out of print but selected chapters are available on electronic reserve.

Smith, G. S., Messenger, P.M. and Soderland, H.A. (2010). Heritage Values in Contemporary Society, Left Coast Press, California.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3661 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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