• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alexandra Dellios
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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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.  
This 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 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Communicate concepts for a variety of relevant academic and professional purposes in cultural and environmental heritage;
  2. Apply theoretical ideas to case studies developed from personal observation;
  3. Conduct data-collection and analysis in natural and cultural heritage; 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

Class worksheets, 1000 words (15% each for a total of 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]
Significance assessment, 4000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Presentation, 5 minutes plus submission of PowerPoint Presentation (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HUMN8003

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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
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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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
3144 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4746 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online N/A

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